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W&L’s Mark Carey, an Environmental Historian, Wins Leopold-Hidy Prize

Mark P. Carey, assistant professor of history at Washington and Lee University, has received the Leopold-Hidy Prize for 2007. The prize is awarded by the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Environmental History to the author of the best article published in the journals during that year.

Carey, an environmental historian, is the author of  “The History of Ice: How Glaciers Became an Endangered Species,” published in Environmental History (July 2007). Currently, he is working on a book manuscript on the social history of climate change and glacier retreat in the Peruvian Andes and how glaciers have affected all levels of Peruvian society.

“The Leopold-Hidy Prize is a tremendous honor to receive,” said Carey. “I appreciate the editorial board’s endorsement of my writing and research, as well as it’s recognition that issues related to global warming and worldwide glacier melting need to be contextualized with historical scholarship.”

Carey will be traveling to Boise, Idaho, in March to receive the Leopold-Hidy Prize at a ceremony during the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History.

Carey joined the W&L faculty in 2006, and he teaches Latin American history, environmental history and climate history, among other courses. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York College at Potsdam, his B.A. from the University of Montana, Missoula; and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.