Scarlett Receives Funding for Isle Royale Research Project

Dr. Tim Scarlett
Dr. Timothy Scarlett

Timothy Scarlett  is the principal investigator on a research project that received $20,000 in a co-op/joint agreement from the National Park Service, Isle Royale National Park. The project is entitled “A Proposal for Archaeological Testing at the Ghyllbank Townsite (20.IR.0224), Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw County, Michigan.” This is a 16-month project.

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Spring 2016 Graduation. Back Row: Professors Hugh Gorman-Department Chair, Carol MacLennan, Audrey Mayer, and Tim Scarlett. Front row: Graduates Valoree Gagnon, Adrian Blake, Ashma Vaidya, and Fred Sutherland.

The Department of Social Sciences would like to congratulate the 2015-2016 graduates from our Environmental and Energy Policy (EEP), Industrial Archaeology (IA), and Industrial Heritage and Archaeology (IHA) graduate programs.

  • Steve Sarich, MS- IA
  • Dan Schneider, MS- IA
  • Jennifer Riehl, MS- EEP
  • Melanie Yang, MS EEP
  • Rob Anthony, MS- IA
  • Eric Pomber, MS- IA
  • Adrian Blake, MS- IA
  • Brian Delrue, MS- EEP
  • Chris Henderson, MS- EEP
  • Valoree Gagnon, PhD- EEP
  • Mizanur Rahman, PhD- EEP
  • Fred Sutherland, PhD- IHA


Mayer Co-Authors Paper on the Importance of Landscape Ecology in Policymaking

Audrey MayerAudrey Mayer co-authored a paper titled “How Landscape Ecology Informs Global Land-Change Science and Policy” in BioScience.  Mayer will appear on the podcast BioScience Talks ( on June 8, 2016.

ScienceCodex, a science news website, published an article about Mayer’s BioScience journal article on the need for policymakers to pay attention to landscape ecology to make informed decisions for managing climate change, land use and urbanization. 

Read more in a guest blog by Mayer in MTU’s Unscripted:  Science and Research.

Environmental Histories of the Future

EnvironmentalHistoriesWe’re living in a time of rapid environmental change. What will future environmental historians think of us? What events will become turning points that might make the future more sustainable–or less sustainable?

Students in Professor Langston’s undergraduate US Environmental History class at Michigan Tech created timelines that explore compelling current events. Some of these events may have the potential to change our shared environmental futures.

Welcome to environmental histories of the future! Please explore the website at and share it with your friends.

GIS Students Present Online Mapping Tool to Calumet Historic District Commission

211 213 5th Street, Calumet, MI
211 213 5th Street, Calumet, MI

Matt Durocher (MS IA) and Kevin Brefka (Anthropology) presented a new online mapping tool to the Calumet Historic District Commission at their monthly meeting.  The tool will allow the Commission to more effectively manage the historical assets in the district as well as use the tool to provide important building information to prospective developers.  The tool was created for their class project in Professor Don Lafreniere’s GIS for Social Sciences class.  You can see the tool at






NEH Funding Awarded for Keweenaw Time Traveler Project


Professor Don Lafreniere along with Professor Sarah Scarlett (SS) and PhD Candidate (IHA) John Arnold have been awarded $259,882 from the National Endowment of the Humanities for a project entitled “Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure.” The project will be known publicly as the “Keweenaw Time Traveler.”   Learn more at

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Robins Awarded 2016 Dean’s Fellowship – College of Human Ecology at Cornell University

Jonathan Robins

Jonathan Robins has been awarded the 2016 Dean’s Fellowship by the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. His proposal, titled “Bacon from Trees and Hogless Lard: Vegetable Fats and the Globalization of Food,” examines the changing role of animal and vegetable fats in the modern diet and the effects of food choices on human societies and the environment. The $6,500 award will support six weeks of research in Cornell University’s archival collections.

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