Kristoffer Archibald studies modern environmental history and is particularly interested in changing interpretations of the natural environment. He has a doctorate in History from Concordia University and is a research associate at the Gorsebrook Research Institute in Halifax. His dissertation research focuses on how industrial pollution was perceived within the deindustrializing city of Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Jason Colby is associate professor of history at the University of Victoria. He is currently completing a book on killer whale captivity and environmental politics in the 1960s and 1970s, entitled Orca: How the Quest to Capture Killer Whales Transformed Our View of the Ocean’s Greatest Predator (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
George Colpitts teaches environmental history at the University of Calgary. His books include Game in the Garden: A Human History of Wildlife in Western Canada to 1940 (2002) and Pemmican Empire: Food, Trade, and the Last Bison Hunts in the North American Plains, 1780–1882 (2015).
Joanna Dean teaches animal history and environmental history at Carleton University as an associate professor. She is currently writing a book on Ottawa’s street trees.
Carla Hustak is an independent researcher in the history of gender and sexuality. She has a doctorate in History from the University of Toronto and held a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has published articles in various journals such as the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the Transnational Journal of American Studies, Subjectivity, and Gender, Place and Culture: a feminist journal of geography. She has a forthcoming book with Duke University Press tentatively titled, Radical Intimacies: The Politics of Love in the Transatlantic Sex Reform Movement, 1900-1930.
Darcy Ingram is a Senior Fellow with the Centre on Governance in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Wildlife, Conservation, and Conflict in Quebec, 1840-1914 (2013), and is currently working on governance issues in connection with the environmental and animal welfare/rights movements in Canada and beyond.
Sean Kheraj is an associate professor of Canadian and environmental history in the Department of History at York University. He is the author of Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History (UBC Press, 2013). He is also the director and editor-in-chief of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. His work can be found at http://seankheraj.com.
William Knight is curator of agriculture and fisheries with the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation in Ottawa. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the Canadian Fisheries Museum, and is currently researching a book on the role of fish introductions and reactions to invasive species in North American fisheries management.
Sherry Olson is Professor of Geography at McGill University and a member of the Centre interuniversitaire d’Études québécoises (CIÉQ). She authored a book-length environmental history of Baltimore and co-authored with Patricia Thornton a social history titled Peopling the North American City, Montreal 1840-1900 (MQUP, 2011). Recent papers address environmental challenges of city-building, the competition for street-space, and the problem of “pinning to the map” census families and their nineteenth-century moves.
Rachel Poliquin is a freelance writer and curator engaged in all things orderly and disorderly in the natural world. She has a doctorate in early modern natural history from the University of British Columbia and a post-doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the cultures of taxidermy. She is author of The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing (2012) and Beaver (2015) and writes for The New York Times. Her curatorial works include “Ravishing Beasts: The Strangely Alluring World of Taxidermy” for the Museum of Vancouver, and the permanent vertebrate exhibits for the Beaty Museum of Biodiversity.
Christabelle Sethna is an historian and Associate Professor teaching in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa. She has published widely on the history of sex education, contraception and abortion in Canada, focusing on the transnational dimensions of this research and its impact on women’s sexual and reproductive health. Her framework emerges out of postcolonial studies and the intersectionality of gender, race, class and sexuality. Her chapter in this volume represents the evolution of this framework to consider the relationship between non-human and human animals.
Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC, and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. Working with a variety of materials, Barkhouse examines environmental concerns and Indigenous culture through the use of animal imagery. Her work has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States and is in many major collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, with public art installations located throughout Ontario.