Assistant Professor, History, Geography, and Environmental Studies

Peter Alagona holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. His work focuses on the histories of land use, natural resource management, environmental politics, and ecological science in California and the American West, with a particular interest in wildlife, endangered species, and biodiversity conservation. He has written a number of articles on these topics, and I teach related courses at UCSB. His book, After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in Californiaexamines the intertwined histories of endangered species and habitat conservation in California and beyond. He is currently working on a related project about the history of steelhead trout taxonomy as it pertains to larger questions about how best to define and conserve biological species. He is also currently working on a project that uses the University of California’s Natural Reserve System as a laboratory for conducting landscape-scale environmental history, and for understanding the role of field stations in shaping American environmental science, policy, and management.

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Select EH Courses: History of the Oceans, Research in Environmental History, Workshop in Environmental History, and Wildlife in America