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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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
"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


Teaching The Tragedy of the Commons through an Iterative, Performance-based, Embodied Cognition Pedagogy. Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Salting Reduces Mercury Concentrations in Odontocete Muscle TissueCaribbean Journal of Science


Feeding Ecology of Elusive Caribbean Killer Whales Inferred From Bayesian Stable Isotope Mixing Models and Whalers’ Ecological Knowledge. Frontiers in Marine Science

Circular DNA viruses identified in short-finned pilot whale and orca tissue samples. Virology

Artisanal and Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Eastern Caribbean): History, Catch Characteristics, and Needs for Research and Management. Frontiers in Marine Science

History of Whaling in Annobón, Equatorial Guinea, and Evidence of its Continued Occurrence. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management

Contemporary Whaling in the Faroe Islands: Its History, Challenges, and Outlook. Senri Ethnological Studies

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


"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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



The Whale Drivers of Newfoundland. Focus on Geography



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


Book Chapters


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



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


Whale Snow: Iñupiat, Climate Change, and Multispecies Resilience in Arctic Alaska, by C. Sakakibara. Geographical Review


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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)