Dr. David Duke

Professor, History & Classics

E mail: david.duke@acadiau.ca
Phone: 902 585-1360

  • Environmental History
  • Canadian Environmental History
  • Topics in Global Environmental History
Scholarly Interests and Expertise
  • Interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education
  • Science, technology, society, environment (STSE) education
  • Climate change history
  • Community resiliency in the face of severe weather events
  • Soviet and Eastern European environmental history
  • Canadian environmental history
Community Service
  • My course, HIST 3383, Canadian Environmental History, is based around a major community service component. In 2006, the class completed An Environmental History of Wolfville and Surroundings (246 pp), which was subsequently used in the town's GPI planning initiative. In 2009 the class worked on An Environmental History of Kentville (255 pp) which was presented to the town council in January 2010 and was used as an information source for the town's Sustainable Community Planning Task Force work.
  • In the summer of 2012 I supervised a senior ESST Student, Lindsay Clowes, who worked on the socioeconomic and cultural impact of rising sea levels in the Mahone Bay area. Lindsay’s work, which was partnered with the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation’s work in the area, will inform policy formulation at the community and municipal level in Mahone Bay as municipalities seek to develop sustainability plans to deal with the reality of rising sea levels in the twenty-first century.
Did you know?

Dr. Duke has...

  • While collecting satin spar gypsum on the northern shore of Cape Blomidon he managed to get himself trapped by the tides not once but twice. One time he chest-waded for it, the other he (more sensibly) waited for the four hours it took for the tide to turn and let him off the beach!
  • While collecting amethyst at Amethyst Cove (also on the north shore of Cape Blomidon) he was trapped by the tide again. He waited, again for about four hours, not wanting to give up the amethyst and agates that he'd found.
  • He can, all evidence to the contrary, read a tide clock.
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