Research & Writing


“Absence,” in Rising Tides. Edited by Cate Sandilands. British Columbia: Caitlin Press, 2019. (Forthcoming)

“Transformations of Oil: Visibility, Scale, and Climate in Warren Cariou’s Petrography,” in RACAR 42, No. 1 (2017): 64-72.

“Designing Preservation: Waterways in the Works and Patterns of William Morris.” The Brock Review vol. 11, No. 2 (2011): 97-110.



“Experiencing the Energy: A Tar Sands Wilderness.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), University of California, Davis (June 26-30, 2019).

“Visualizing Remains; Thinking Through Absence.” The University of Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre Conference: Animal Remains, Sheffield, UK (April 29-30, 2019).

“Seeing Through Oil: Artistic Production in the Era of Energy and Climate Crises.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (June 20-24, 2017).

“Petrography: Artistic Production in the Age of Climate Change.” Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC-AAUC), Université du Québec, Montreal, Québec (October 27-30, 2016).

“Visual Assault: Collective Activism and Oil.” Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC-AAUC), NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (November 5-7, 2015).

“Preforming Resistance: The Visual Culture of Oil.” Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (21-24 October, 2015).

“Tangible Change: Experiencing Glacier Melts in the Work of Katie Paterson and Olafur Eliasson.” Climate Change in Culture, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (May 28-31, 2015).

“The Disappearing Tree: Environmental Concern in Contemporary Art.” New Growth: Dialogues on the Tree, York University and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Toronto, Ontario (March 31, 2012).

“A New Definition of Nature: The Landscapes of Edward Burtynsky and Olafur Eliasson.” Context and Meaning X, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (January 29-30, 2011).


Co-Organizer and Co-Chair with Amanda White. Session: “Making (Eco)logical: Locating Cultural Production in the Environmental Humanities.” Universities Art Association of Canada, Waterloo, Ontario (25-27 October 2018).

Co-Organizer and Co-Chair with Erin Wall. Session: “Trending: Exploring Trajectories of Canadian Art.” Universities Art Association of Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia (5-7 November 2015).

Co-Organizer and Co-Chair with Dr. Sarah E.K. Smith. Session: “Pipe Dreams: Contemporary Art, Activism and the Culture of Oil.” Confluence: Southeastern College Art Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (21- 24 October 2015).

Invited Chair. Session: “Bodies and Spaces: Animal/Nature.” Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston,Ontario (8-9 May 2015).

Lectures and Invited Talks:

“An Introduction the Visual Culture of Oil.” For Dr. Cate Sandilands’ (ENVS 1800) Environmental Writing/Writing the Environment, York University, Toronto, Ontario.

“The Trouble with the Group of Seven: Land, Nature, and the Environment.” For Dr. Lisa Binkley’s (ARTH 304) Issues in the History of Canadian Art, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

“Earthworks and the Environment in Modern and Contemporary Art.” For Dr. Alana West’s (MPC 203) Art in the Modern World, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.

“The Value of Art? Problematizing the Canadian Art Market.” For Lisa Binkley’s (GENE 300) The Language of Visual Culture, St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario.

I Hope Humanity… Guided Tour and Curatorial Talk.” Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. For Sunny Kerr and Dr. Laura Murray’s Cultural Studies (CUST) 801: Critical Methodologies in Cultural Studies.

 “From Land Art to Environmental Art.” For Dr. Julie Hollenbach’s Art History (ARTH) 228: Contemporary Art, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

 “Contemporary Photography and Manufactured Landscapes.” For Dr. Joan Schwartz’s Art History (ARTH) 242: An Introduction to the History of Photography, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.