‘taking the earth’s pulse’

The program committee for the next annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History (12-17 April 2011, Phoenix, Arizona) has accepted a panel proposal that I helped put together with Gina Rumore (the organizer),  James Collins, and Erik Conway. The panel is titled “Taking the Earth’s Pulse: Scientific Networks and the Challenges of Collecting Environmental Data.” We’re hoping it will provoke vigorous discussion at the intersection of environmental history and the history of science and that it will provide some new perspectives on recent efforts to build continent- and globe-spanning networks of ecological surveillance.