I am an environmental historian interested in resource development and industrialization, mining, public history and heritage landscapes, tourism, and Indigenous-Settler relations.
I am an assistant professor in the Department of History at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Kjipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki) and serve as an editor for the Network in Canadian History and Environment.
I previously held a post-doctoral fellowship with the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University as well as a Visiting Research Chair with Fulbright Canada at the University of Arizona examining coal mining and energy transitions on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona from 1950 to 2000.
Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in history at Saint Mary's University. I'm willing to supervise students at the MA level interested in studying Canadian history, particularly northern Canada, environmental history, or histories of Indigenous-Settler relations.
You can find me on Twitter @heathergreen21.
The Great Upheaval: Gold Mining and Environmental Change in the Klondike, 1890-1940
This is my first book, based on my doctoral research, forthcoming with UBC Press's Nature, History, Society series.
Coal Mining and Energy in Northeastern Arizona
My Fulbright research project at the University of Arizona examines the history of coal mining and power generation in Northeastern Arizona and the tenuous relationships formed between Indigenous locals, environmental groups, coal companies, and state government.
Sport Hunting and Conservation in the Yukon
Photo: Man with Moose Head, c1901, DCMA 2006.33.1.120.
My Wilson Institute postdoctoral fellowship project investigated the rise of international sport hunting tourism in the Yukon and the varied ways in which the sport influenced Yukon conservation policies and game regulations. This research has been published in the Journal of Tourism History.
The Northern Borders Project
This collaborative project with Dr. Jonathan Luedee and Dr. Glenn Iceton resulted in a 2021 workshop focused on rethinking current scholarly understandings of borders and boundaries in Northern North America with an emphasis on inter-species interactions. You can watch a recording of the keynote and roundtable discussion here. It has also resulted in a curated series with NiCHE Canada.
Coal Histories of Alberta
This collaborative project with Dr. Liza Piper, associate professor at the University of Alberta, examines the development and environmental regulation of coal in post-Second World War Alberta. We are particularly interested in the environmental impacts of strip mining.
We have one publication thus far from this project:
Piper, L. and H. Green, "A Province Powered by Coal: The Renaissance of Coal Mining in Late Twentieth Century Alberta," Canadian Historical Review 98, no. 3 (Sept. 2017): 532-567.
Health and Environments Across Borders
Map of Eskimo Point from Frank James Tester, Paule McNicoll and Quyen Tran, "Structural violence and the 1962-1963 tuberculosis epidemic in Eskimo Point, N.W.T.," Études/Inuit/Studies, 36(2), 165–185.
Perennial Problems: Histories of Health and Environments Across Borders is a forthcoming edited collection. This project is the result of a 2019 workshop collaboration with scholars at McMaster University focusing on the intersections of health and environmental histories.
Historical Gold Mines and Toxic Legacies in Nova Scotia
Painting: "Waverly" 1891. Museum of Industry no. I95.86.10
This is an interdisciplinary project with Dr. Linda Campbell (School of the Environment, SMU) and her research team examining issues of environmental justice and toxic legacies at former gold mining sites in Nova Scotia. Find more about this project here.
Digital Publications and Media Engagement
"Sport Hunting Tourism and Indigenous-Settler Histories in the Yukon Territory." niche-canada.org. First published July 20, 2021.
"An Introduction to the Borders and Boundaries of the Canadian North" with Jon Luedee. niche-canada.org. First published March 25, 2021.
"Emergency Remote Teaching and Environmental History." https://cha-shc.ca/teaching/teachers-blog. First Published February 9, 2021.
"Place-Based Learning from the Arctic to the Maritimes" with Tina Adcook. niche-canada.org. First Published April 21, 2020.
"Review of "There's Something in the Water."' niche-canada.org. First Published March 11, 2020.
"Perennial Problems: Histories of Environment and Health." niche-canada.org. First Posted January 23, 2020.
"Girl Guides Outside." niche-canada.org. First Posted November 26, 2019.
"Teaching Through Learning: The Importance of Passionate Educators." cha-shc.ca/teaching/teachers-blog. First Published August 5, 2019.
"Luck in the Archives: How One File Shaped My Dissertation." niche-canada.org. First Posted July 16, 2019.
"Environmental Humanities, Public Engagement, and Community-Based Research." niche-canada.org. First posted April 8, 2019.
"Problems of Place: The Importance of Place in Research." envhistnow.com. First published March 7, 2019.
"Teaching in the Rockies and Foothills." niche-canada.org. First Published March 5, 2019.
"What is our role? Environmental History and Activism." niche-canada.org. First posted February 28, 2019.
"Problems of Place: Place and Placelessness in Academia." envhistnow.com. First posted February 7, 2019.
"History and the Anthropocene Project." niche-canada.org. First posted December 4, 2018 (collaborative post with Sean Kheraj, Jennifer Bonnell, and Andrew Watson).
"Teaching Environmental History through Field Trips." activehistory.ca. First posted October 18, 2018. Included in Andrea Eidinger and Krista McCraken, Beyond the Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History (April 2019). Open Access E-book.
“‘The Sourdough’s Favorite Beverage”: Place, Identity, and the Klondike Brewery, 1904-1919.” unwrittenhistories.com. First posted June 26, 2018.
"Historical Mining and Contemporary Conflict: Lessons from the Klondike." niche-canada.org. First posted May 2, 2018.
HIST2833 Major Research Projects
The following are final research projects from our 2020 Fall Semester Environmental History of North America class
This painting was inspired by the environmental impact animal agriculture has on the environment, specifically the extensive amount of water use to create a single beef patty. The UN reports the average beef patty requires 2,500 litres of water to create... while the creation of plant based burgers uses approximately 75-95% less water.
The 2019 Portland Climate Strike Photo Essay (1/9)
Cap-Rouge: Nova Scotia’s Tale of Exclusion in National Parks Photo Essay
Oilsands Photo Essay
"Our Little Birchtown" and Environmental Racism Poem Series 1/3