Emily K. Brock, Ph.D.

Emily BrockTerm: Fall 2011



Emily is an Environmental Historian and Historian of Ecology. Emily spent her time at Grey Towers finishing her book manuscript, Money Trees: The Douglas Fir and American Forestry, 1900-1949. This book explores the history of American forestry from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1940s. She works at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.


“Grey Towers was an especially great place to be because I write about Gifford Pinchot’s interests in the direction of professional forestry not only while Chief Forester, but also afterwards. It was fantastic to be in his home where he developed so many of the ideas and write so many letters that I consider in my work. It was lovely to have some time away from the daily press of life to focus entirely on my manuscript. Being in such beautiful surroundings, and amongst the wonderful people who staff Grey Towers, made my time all more precious.”

Recent Publications

Emily K. Brock, Money Trees: The Douglas Fir and American Forestry, 1900-1949. Oregon State University Press, 2015.

Emily K. Brock, “The Desert and the Dendrograph: Place, Community, and Ecological Instrumentation” in Alfred Nordmann and Nicola Mößner, editors, Reasoning in Measurement. Pickering & Chatto, London (forthcoming, 2015).

Emily K. Brock, “Repairing the Damage: Reforestation and the Origins of the Modern Industrial Tree Farm” in H. Thomas Foster, II, Lisa M. Paciulli, and David J. Goldstein, Viewing the Future in the Past: Historical Ecology Applications to Environmental Issues, University of South Carolina Press (forthcoming, 2015).

Emily K. Brock, “New Patterns in Old Places: Forest History for the Global Present” in Andrew Isenberg, editor, The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History. Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Bundok: The Mountains of the Philippines and the Geography of Warfare” Wilderness Babel, www.environmentandsociety.org/content/bundok-Filipino (May 2014)

“Tree Farms on Display: Presenting Industrial Forests to the Public in the Pacific Northwest, 1941-1960.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 113, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 526-559