Dr. Kirsten Greer

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Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - History, Anthropology and Ancient Studies - History
Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Biology and Chemistry and Geography - Geography and Geology
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Faculty
Canada Research Chair
Dr. Kirsten Greer is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Geography and History at Nipissing University, and the Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Histories and Geographies, which addresses specifically reparations “in place” from Northern Ontario to the Caribbean through interdisciplinary, integrative, and engaged (community-based) scholarship in global environmental change research.
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As a critical historical geographer, she is interested in human-environment relations in the past; the historical geographies of the environmental sciences; the colonial afterlives of the British Empire; and the politics of biodiversity heritage. She is the author of Red Coats and Wilds Birds: How Military Ornithologists and Migrant Birds Shaped Empire (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

BA, McGill University
MA, Wilfrid Laurier University
PhD, Queen's University
Areas of Specialization:

Cultural and historical geography, critical geopolitics, environmental history, political ecology, geographies of science

Research Interests:

Networks of empire, science, and nature; imperial geopolitics; environmental histories of the British Empire; colonial afterlives of imperial knowledge; politics of biodiversity heritage

Current & Future Research:

Zoogeography and empire; militarization of the North Atlantic; environmental histories of the “Near North”; geopolitics of the Gulf Stream

Click here to view Kirsten's CRC profile: Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Histories and Geographies


Greer, K. (forthcoming) Red Coats and Wild Birds: Empire, Science, Nature in the new book series, “Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges,” University of North Carolina Press. 

Smith, A. & Greer, K. (2017) Uniting business history and global environmental history. Special Issue for Business History 59, 7: 987-1009 

Greer K. & Bols S. (2016) ‘She of the Loghouse Nest’: Gendering Historical Ecological Reconstructions in Northern Ontario. Special issue on Feminist Historical Geography in Historical Geography 44: 45-67 

Smith A. & Greer, K. (2016) Race, Britishness, and the 1866 British North American Trade Mission to the West Indies and Brazil.  The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 44, 2: 214-240 

Greer, K. & Cameron L. (2015) Introduction: The use and abuse of ecological constructs. Special Issue for Geoforum (October): 451-453 

Greer, K. (2015) Maritime zoogeography and imperial defence: tracing the contours of the Nearctic region in the British North Atlantic 1838-1880. Special issue in Geoforum (October): 454-464 

Greer, K. (2013) Geopolitics and the avian imperial archive: the zoogeography of region-making in the late 19th-century British Mediterranean. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103: 1317-1331.

Greer, K. (2012) Untangling the avian imperial archive. Antennae:The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. Special issue on Alternative Ornithologies 20: 59-71. 

Cameron, L. and Greer, K. (2012) The Translocal Ecologies Compendium, Network in Canadian History and Environment. http://niche-canada.org/workship 

Greer, K. (2009) Ornithology on “the Rock”: territory, fieldwork, and the body in the Straits of Gibraltar in the mid-nineteenth century. Historical Geography 37: 26-52. 

Greer, K. and Cameron, L. (2005) ‘Swee-ee-et, Can-a-da, Can-a-da, Can-a-da’: sensuous landscapes of birdwatching in the eastern provinces, 1900-1939. Material History Review 62: 35-48.