Environmental historian Jon Christensen discusses the mythos of the American frontier and some of his unique approaches to history. Christensen also gazes to the future and makes an interesting case for a placement of the Anthropocene boundary.
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Jon Christensen turned to an academic career in history after he spent twenty years working as an environmental journalist and science writer; he has published in outlets such as the New York Times and High Country News. He was a Knight Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford from 2002-2003 and a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University in 2003-2004. He is now the Executive Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West and a Principal Investigator in the Spatial History Project at Stanford.
Samantha Larson is a master’s student in Earth systems at Stanford, with specialized emphases in ocean sciences and environmental journalism. She also likes to spend as much of her time as possible playing in the mountains, climbing on granite walls, or diving under the sea.