CV and Publications

 

Why do you write like you're running out of time?

—Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Non-Stop," Hamilton

Current CV

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Book
The Wake of the Whale: Hunter Societies in the Caribbean and North Atlantic. Harvard University Press, 2018
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Erratum: The values for two columns were transposed in the St. Vincent whaling records, included on p.294 of the Appendix. The corrected table, which will be included in future printings of the book, can be downloaded here (PDF). 
Awards and Nominations
Awarded the Furthermore Grant from the J.M. Kaplan Fund
Nominated for the Mountbatten Award, Maritime Foundation of the UK
Nominated for the Globe Book Award, American Association of Geographers
Nominated for the Margaret Mead Award, American Anthropological Association
 
Reviews
"a vivid account of artisanal whaling" Times Higher Education
"skillfully detailed... tactfully honest" Caribbean Compass (p.32)
"eye opening… and a unique perspective on a very controversial means of subsistence" The Marine Diaries
"very impressive research" Conservation & Society
"a thought-provoking page-turner" AAG Review of Books
"[an] engagingly written... intriguing environmental study" Choice (PDF)
"[T]his book will set your moral compass spinning and challenge your implicit biases." New West Indian Guide (PDF)

"With Fielding's book, the whaling literature has gained an extremely important work..." Polar Record

"The prose is inviting and... seamlessly raises important yet provocative questions about conservation" H-Environment

Academic Papers (PDFs)

Refereed Journal Articles

2021

Demographic and Geographic Patterns of Cetacean-based Food Product Consumption and Potential Mercury Exposure within a Caribbean Whaling Community. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment

2020

"A Change of Name during Sickness": Surveying the Widespread Practice of Renaming in Response to Physical Illness. Names: A Journal of Onomastics  

Mercury and selenium concentrations, and selenium:mercury molar ratios, in small cetaceans taken off St. Vincent, West Indies. Environmental Research

 

2019    

Oceanographic barriers, divergence, and admixture: Phylogeography and taxonomy of two putative subspecies of short-finned pilot whale. Molecular Ecology  

Motivating Sustainable Behavior: A Case Study in Waste Management and Freshwater Production on the Caribbean Island of Saint Barthélemy. Island Studies Journal

 

2017    

Inclusive Hunting: Examining Faroese Whaling Using the Theory of Socio-Cultural Viability. Maritime Studies 

 

2015    

Mutual Aid, Environmental Policy, and the Regulation of Faroese Pilot Whaling. Human Geography

 

2014    

Mercury in Caribbean Dolphins (Stenella longirostris and Stenella frontalis) Caught for Human Consumption off St. Vincent, West Indies. Marine Pollution Bulletin

The Liminal Coastline in the Life of a Whale: Transition, Identity, and Food-Production in the Eastern Caribbean. Geoforum

“The Good Garbage”: Waste to Water in the Small Island Environment of St. Barthélemy. Focus on Geography

 

2013    

Whaling Futures: A Survey of Faroese and Vincentian Youth on the Topic of Artisanal Whaling. Society and Natural Resources

Coastal Geomorphology and Culture in the Spatiality of Whaling in the Faroe Islands. Area

 

2012    

Queen of the Caribbees: Farming and Fishing Foci on the Island of Nevis. Focus on Geography

 

2010    

Environmental Change as a Threat to the Pilot Whale Hunt in the Faroe Islands. Polar Research

 

2009    

The Whale Drivers of Newfoundland. Focus on Geography

 

2007    

A Comparison of Pilot Whale Drives in Newfoundland and the Faroe Islands. The Scottish Geographical Journal

 

Book Chapters

2018

Safety First: The Biases of Gender and Precaution in Field Research. In Femininities in the Field: Tourism and Transdisciplinary Research

 

2017    

Saint Martin/Sint Maarten and Saint Barthélemy. In Landscapes and Landforms of the Lesser Antilles

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In Landscapes and Landforms of the Lesser Antilles

Indigeneity and Ecology in Alaskan and Faroese Whaling. In Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory

Whaling. In Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence

“The Good Garbage”: Waste-to-Energy Applications and Issues in the Insular Caribbean. In Island Geographies: Essays and Conversations

Tourism, Links, and Islandness off Florida’s Gulf Coast. In Bridging Islands: The Impact of Fixed Links

 

Book Reviews

2019    

Collecting Evolution: the Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin, by M.J. James. Island Studies Journal

 

2018    

Into the Ocean: Vikings, Irish, and Environmental Change in Iceland and the North, by K. Ahronson. AAG Review of Books

 

2016    

Review essay: Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas, by K. Dorsey; War of the Whales: A True Story, by J. Horwitz; and Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World, by T. McLeish. AAG Review of Books

 

2015    

The Survival of People and Languages: Schooners, Goats, and Cassava in St. Barthélemy, French West Indies, by J. Maher. Island Studies Journal

 

2014    

Soqotra Archipelago (Yemen): Toward systemic and scientifically objective sustainability in development and conservation, by F. Attorre (ed). Island Studies Journal

Biodiversity and Societies in the Pacific Islands, by S. Larrue (ed). Island Studies Journal

 

2012    

Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic, by K. Oslund. Geographical Review

 

2011    

Monstrous Fishes and the Mead-Dark Sea: Whaling in the Medieval North Atlantic, by V.E. Szabo. Geographical Review

 

2008    

Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal, special issue on the Historical Human Ecology of the Faroe Islands, by K.J. Edwards (ed). Island Studies Journal

Non-academic Articles and Blog Posts

What have whales got to do with fossil fuels and renewable energy? Energy Ethics (September 5, 2020)

On blackfish and bearing bad news The Vincentian (March 27, 2020)

Japan’s scientific whaling ruse is over Foreign Policy (February 7, 2019)

Pollution is making whale meat toxic—but imprudent activism makes some double-down on eating whale Salon (December 2, 2018)

Anarchy in the North Atlantic Sociologi i Örebro (April 12, 2015)

Blackfishing, Scandinavian Style The Vincentian (August 6-September 3, 2010)

Karibiskir Grindamenn Frøði (2009) English translation (text only)

Peacefully Watching the Slaughter The Explorers Journal (summer 2007)

© 2020 by Russell Fielding