While the Historical GIS Lab provides support and expertise to researchers studying a broad range of historical eras, topics, and locations, it also hosts an active research program with a more specific focus. Thematically, the Lab specializes in environmental and agricultural history, including studies of land use, wind erosion, and socio-ecological metabolism in historical farm systems. Our geographical focus is the western United States and Canada, especially the Great Plains grasslands that stretch from Texas and New Mexico in the south to Saskatchewan and Alberta in the north.
Detailed information is available through the links below to read more about major academic research projects that the Historical GIS Lab hosts or to which it contributes significant resources.
Sustainable Farm Systems Project
Building Borders on Aboriginal Lands 1860-1930
London’s Ghost Acres, 1850,1919
Great Plains Population and Environment Project
Kansas Grassland Settlement Project
Rethinking the Dust Bowl