Alumni & Current Students

Lyndsie Bourgon

Lyndsie completed her MLitt Environmental History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2017, and earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She writes about the environment and its entanglement with history, culture, and identity for publications including The Atlantic, Smithsonian, the Guardian, Aeon, Hazlitt, and elsewhere. In 2018, she was named a National Geographic Explorer, and conducted oral history research about Indigenous experiences of timber poaching. Her recent projects include conducting oral history interviews about land use along the Trans Mountain pipeline corridor, and the final days of British-Antarctic whaling. She is currently working on her first book, to be published by Little, Brown.



Jamie Hinrichs

Jamie is currently a PhD student of Environmental History at the University of St Andrews. Her research examines the cultural values of walking in relation to rural landscape preservation in Britain, c.1850 – 1950. She has a certificate in Forestry Recreation & Interpretation and training as a naturalist. Just prior to moving to Scotland in 2016 to start her PhD, she spent a summer working as a biological science aid for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and a summer working as an archaeology aid for the Forest Service in the Cascade Mountains (in Washington). She goes walking as much as possible, experiences that inspire both her academic and creative writing. In the future, she hopes to do field work, research, and writing for a wilderness-focused or natural-resource organisation.