First Name: 
Erik
Last Name: 
Altenbernd
Home Department: 
History
Title: 
Sustainability Science Team Member
Association with the EI: 
SST - 2011

"I am a Ph.D. candidate in history working with David Igler. My dissertation, currently titled “Desert Manifest: Landscape, Statecraft, and Nationhood across Arid America,” is an environmental and cultural history of the American desert that looks at changes in American perceptions of arid lands during the nineteenth century. As an environmental historian, I am particularly interested in the history not only of desert lands, but of water and water allocation, especially in California and the American West. For me, the 2011 Science Team provides a welcome departure—the opportunity to research environmental problems and policies in a variety of contemporary contexts."

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