Montana Tech Public Lecture Series
Dr. Russell Fielding will present "Traditional Whaling Methods in Modern Times." CBB-102 at 4 p.m.
Dr. Russell Fielding is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Denver. Dr. Fielding earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Florida, a master's degree at the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. He also participated in the Canada-US Fulbright Program, spending a year with the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Research: Dr. Fielding is interested in, in questions of subsistence, cultural tradition, and resource conservation. Since 2005 Dr. Fielding has been involved in a study of artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and the Caribbean. Dr. Fielding is working to expand this project to include whaling off the coast of West Africa and the Pacific. His second project began in 2013 and involves the study of waste-to-energy facilities and their application to small-island environments. Based primarily in the Caribbean, this project investigates the ecological and cultural implications of burning trash to make electricity and/or to desalinate seawater.