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M. Blake Butler
Main Research Interests
- Canadian History; Environmental History; Historical Human-Cetacean Relationships
- "Fishing on Porpoise: The Origins of Dolphin By-Catch in the American Yellowfin Tuna Industry" California History Vol. 98, No. 1 (Spring) February 2021.
- "Here's how Grouse Mountain brought snowmaking to B.C." North Shore News https://www.nsnews.com/lifestyle/here-s-how-grouse-mountain-brought-snow-making-to-b-c-1.24027722
- "Cull the Seals, Save the Whales!" Network in Canadian History & Environment. October 9th, 2018, http://niche-canada.org/2018/10/09/cull-the-seals-save-the-whales/
- Butler, M. Blake, Haley Kalous, Maggie O'Riordan Ross, & Finis Dunaway, "Shooting Nature: Images & Environmental History", Network in Canadian History & Environment, http://niche-canada.org/2018/04/25/shooting-nature-images-environmental-history/
In the News
- "When Nature Fails to Co-Operate: Snowmaking and Human Attitudes Toward Winter," Canadian Historical Association, London, June 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19).
"When Nature Fails to Co-Operate: Snowmaking and Human Understandings of Winter," American Society of Environmental History, Ottawa, March 2020 (poster presentation - cancelled due to Covid-19).
"The Snow Beneath our Skis: Snowmaking, Climate Change, and the Environment," EnviroCon 2020, Western University, London, March 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19)
- "Bombs, Bounties, and Belugas: Quebec's War of Extermination Against Belugas in the St. Lawrence, 1928-1938," Pathways to the Past, Western University. April 2019.
- "A Whale of a Tale: Narwhals and the Vancouver Aquarium, 1968-1971," Qualicum Conference, Parksville, British Columbia. January 2017.
- "The Blue, Yellow, Red... and Green: Student Environmental Activism at Queen's University during the 1960s and 1970s," Qualicum Conference, Parksville, British Columbia. January 2016.
Recent Extracurricular Involvement
Co-organizer, Canadian History & Environment Summer School (CHESS) 2020, London, Ontario (postponed due to Covid-19)
Student Assistant, Canadian Historical Association's Annual Meeting 2020, London, Ontario (cancelled due to Covid-19)