Daniel Macfarlane

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Daniel Macfarlane
Associate Professor
(269) 387-5870
3930 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Mailing address: 
School of Environment, Geography, and Sustainability
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
  • Ph.D., History, University of Ottawa, 2011
Teaching interests: 
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Great Lakes-St. Lawrence
  • Climate Change
Research interests: 
  • Environmental/Water History
  • Environmental/Water Policy
  • Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin
Creative interests: 
  • Photography

Dr. Macfarlane is an associate professor of Environmental and Sustainability Studies. He is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of environmental history, political ecology, and historical geography. His research and teaching focus on American and Canadian water, borderlands, energy, hydraulic engineering, climate change, sustainability, and technology issues in the transborder Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin.  Dr. Macfarlane regularly teaches ENVS introductory courses (1050 and 2050) as well as seminars on topics such as Great Lakes Water Policy, the Flint Water Crisis, and US Water Policy. He is the author or co-editor of five books about the remaking of Niagara Falls, the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, North American border waters, the International Joint Commission, Canada-US environment and energy relations. His sixth book, an environmental history of Lake Ontario, will be published in 2024. He was also the co-creator of The Geospatial Historian.  His CV can be viewed on his webpage.

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