My work examines the intersection between human beings and the natural world in North America, with a particular focus on the coastal regions. My first book Down By The Bay: San Francisco's History between The Tides (University of California Press, 2013) investigates disputes over public access and ecological change in a contested urban and natural space. I pursued some of these questions as a founding member of the Spatial History Project at Stanford University, 2008-2013. My current project is a history of local food production within industrial cities during the industrial and urban revolutions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I will be pursuing some of these connections in a fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany in summer 2014. With my colleague Chad Ludington, I organized a national conference on Food + History at NC State in May 2012.