- Ph.D. University of British Columbia 1986
- M.A. Honours, University of St. Andrews 1979
- Historical Geography
- Expansion of Europe overseas
- Eastern Canada and northeastern United States
- American cartography in the early 20th century
Current Research and Writing
- Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps (Chicago and Washington, D.C.: University of Chicago Press and Library of Congress, forthcoming Spring 2017)
- Curated Exhibition: The Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps. Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine, April 2016.
- GEO 212/HTY 212: Geography of Maine (Spring 2016)
Awards and Honors
- University of Maine System Trustee Professor, 2016
- Maine Literary Award for Excellence in Publishing for Historical Atlas of Maine, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, 2016
- Globe Award, American Association of Geographers, for Historical Atlas of Maine, 2016
- Pierre Savard Award, International Council for Canadian Studies for Surveyors of Empire, 2013
- John Lyman Book Award in the category Naval and Maritime Science and Technology from the North American Society for Oceanic History for Surveyors of Empire, 2012.
- Publication of the Year Award from Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation for Surveyors of Empire, 2012.
- Caird Short-term Research Fellowship, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 2007
- Regional History Certificate of Merit (Atlantic Canada), 1993, Canadian Historical Association for Nineteenth-Century Cape Breton
- Commonwealth Scholarship 1979-1984
Other Selected Publications
- ‘Geographies of the British Atlantic World’ in Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, c.1550-1850, edited by H.V. Bowen, Elizabeth Mancke, and John G. Reid, 15-44. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- ‘Discovering the Mercantile City in South Asia: The Example of Early Nineteenth-Century Calcutta.’ Journal of Historical Geography 23, 2 (1997): 135-151.
- ‘The Gilded Age and the Making of Bar Harbor.’ Geographical Review 83, 4 (1993): 455-469.
- ‘Patterns of Scottish Emigration to Canada, 1750-1870.’ Journal of Historical Geography 18, 4 (1992): 397-417.
- ‘Staple Trades, Subsistence Agriculture, and Nineteenth-Century Cape Breton Island.’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers 79, 3 (1989): 411-435.