Dr. John Thistle
Labrador Institute of Memorial University
P. O. Box 490, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Office: Labrador Institute Research Station, North West River.
Tel: (709) 497-3630, ext 222
Fax: (709) 896-2970
PhD (Geography), University of British Columbia (2009)
Research and Teaching Interests
I am a Research Associate with the Labrador Institute and an Adjunct member of the Department of Geography at Memorial University. My teaching and research interests span environmental history, economic geography, and science and technology studies. My publications examine the economic and environmental history of Canada, and include studies of energy, the science and politics of international fishery conservation, and the resettlement and ecological transformation of western grasslands. My current research at Memorial University explores the socioeconomic and environmental legacies of large scale resource development projects in Labrador, in particular mining and hydroelectric power.
a) Books and monographs
Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies and Human Communities in Early British Columbia (forthcoming, UBC Press).
Unger, Richard, and John Thistle. Energy Consumption in Canada in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: A Statistical Outline. Naples, Italy: CNR Edizioni, 2013. Print.
“A Vast Inland Empire and the Last Great West: Remaking Society, Space and Environment in British Columbia” Journal of Historical Geography 37 (2011), 418-428.
“Accommodating Cattle: British Columbia’s ‘Wars’ with Grasshoppers and ‘Wild Horses’,” BC Studies 160 (2008), 67-91
“‘As Free of Fish as a Billiard Ball is of Hair’: Dealing with Depletion in the Pacific Halibut Fishery, 1899-1924,” BC Studies 142/143 (2004), 110 -125.
c) Recent Book Reviews
John Thistle “Review of Claire Campbell and Robert Summerby-Murray’s Land and Sea: Environmental History in Atlantic Canada. Fredericton: Acadiensis Press, 2013.” The Otter ~ La Loutre Reviews. (September, 2014).
Matthew McKenzie, Clearing the Coastline: The Nineteenth Century Ecological and Cultural Transformation of Cape Cod. Hanover, University Press of New England, 2010, xviii+227, Journal of Historical Geography, 38, 4 (2012): 481
Dean Bavington, Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse. Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 2010, xxix + 186 pages, Journal of Historical Geography 38, 3 (2012): 481.
“Extractive Industry in the Atlantic Subarctic,” World Congress of Environmental History, Guimaraes Portugal, July 8-12, 2014.
"Why Employment Benefits are Not Enough: Reflections from the Economic and Environmental History of Iron Ore Mining in Labrador" Special Panel on
“Managing Growth” Expo Labrador, June 2013.
“Community Resiliency in a Resource Economy: Reflections from Research on Iron Ore Mining in Western Labrador” Harris Centre of Memorial University, Public Forum, Labrador City, March 26 2013.
(with Jean Sebastian Boutet), “The Second Red Gold Rush: Recent Developments in Iron Ore Mining in Quebec-Labrador,” Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Waterloo, 2012.
“Making an Iron Ore Landscape: Industrial Development and Change in the Quebec-Labrador Borderlands, 1936-1954.” Department of Geography, Memorial University, November 2011.