On the next UPEC Livestream, environmental historian Nancy Langston explores how climate change and the legacies of settler colonialism threaten the future of wildlife in the Anthropocene. She focuses on three “ghost species” in the Great Lakes watershed—woodland caribou, common loons, and lake sturgeon. Ghost species are those that have not gone completely extinct, although they may be extirpated from a particular area. In centering Indigenous efforts at restoration, Langston argues for a measure of hope.
Nancy Langston is an environmental historian who explores the connections between toxics, water, climate change, and wildlife in northern watersheds. Author of 5 books, 52 peer-reviewed articles, and public-facing journalism, she served as President of the ASEH and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental History. Recent awards include the Distinguished Scholar Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Environmental History (ASEH); the Mellon Foundation Award in Environmental Humanities; a Fulbright Research Scholar Award (Canada); an Honorary Doctorate from Umeå University, Sweden; the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professorship from Sweden; and awards from the American Council of Learned Society and the American Philosophical Society.