About this issue

Perhaps it is a feature of environmental history in particular that our origins and our past stories shape our interests and our fields of enquiry in myriad ways. This volume of RCC Perspectives brings together short explorative essays from international fellows and alumni of the Rachel Carson Center. Many of the “tracks” in this volume are not well-trodden, and they lead us through a landscape that is mutable and as yet uncharted. Following them will help us understand our human environments both in the past and in the future.

How to cite: Mauch, Christof, Helmuth Trischler, Lawrence Culver, Shen Hou, and Katie Ritson (eds.), “Making Tracks: Human and Environmental Histories”, RCC Perspectives 2013, no 5. doi.org/10.5282/rcc/5642.


  • Introduction: Making Tracks in Environmental History by Christof Mauch and Katie Ritson

A Sense of Place

  • All that is Solid: Castlereagh 1999 by Grace Karskens
  • Far Away, So Close by Claudia Leal
  • History on the Dry Side by Donald Worster
  • Weathering the Storm by Sherry Johnson
  • The Long Winter by Sarah Cameron
  • The Brick Veneer Frontier by Frank Zelko
  • Finding Dartmoor by Matthew Kelly

Journeys around the Globe

  • A Deep Affection for Nature’s Beauty by Shen Hou
  • A Place for Animals by Thomas Lekan
  • The Charisma of the Wild Mushroom by Shiho Satsuka
  • Unexpected Detours by J. R. McNeill
  • From the English Garden to LA by Lawrence Culver

Voicing the Politics in Nature

  • Chernobyl by Melanie Arndt
  • Poaching: Criminalized Endogenous Innovation? by Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
  • Swimming with the Groundfish by Carmel Finley
  • Fighting the Deadly Fog by Amy M. Hay

Finding Environmental History

  • Woodland Rambles by Kieko Matteson
  • Salvation Road by Gijs Mom
  • The Neo-Materialist Flip by Timothy LeCain
  • A History of Flowing Water by Eva Jakobsson
  • From Social to Environmental History. And Back? by Marc Elie
  • Place, Time, and Me by Franz-Josef Brüggemeier
  • From East to West by Lajos Rácz

Crossing Disciplinary Frontiers

  • Lucky Forks by Edmund Russell
  • Against Discipline by Anthony Carrigan
  • The I in Interdisciplinary Studies by Cheryl Lousley
  • Cultural Encounters in the Name of Biology by Eunice Blavascunas
  • Environmental Anthropologist-cum-Environmental Historian: Listening to the Mermaids by Stefan Dorondel