Dr. Debra Lindsay

Dr. Debra Lindsay, ChairDebra Lindsay is a Professor of history at the University of New Brunswick Saint John.

Her major research interests are in 19th century science, specifically ornithology and paleobotany.  She teaches courses on 19th century science, the American South, and US aboriginal history.

Dr. Lindsay is currently writing a biography of Maria Martin (1796–1863), a botanical artist from Charleston, South Carolina, who contributed to the original paintings used in producing Audubon’s Birds of America.

  • Selected scholarly publications

    • The Modern Beginnings of Subarctic Ornithology: Northern Correspondence to the Smithsonian Institution, 1856-68.  Manitoba Record Society, Vol. 10.  Winnipeg: Manitoba Record Society, 1991.
    • Science in the Subarctic: Trappers, Traders and the Smithsonian Institution. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993.
    • The Clothes Off Our Back: A History of ACTWU 459. Manitoba Labour History Series. Winnipeg: Manitoba Labour Education Centre, 1995.
    • "Intimate Inmates: scientific wives and households in nineteenth century America History of Science Society. Isis 90, No. 4 (Dec. 1998): 631-52.
    • "Prototaxites Dawson, 1859 or Nemtophycus Carruthers, 1872:  Geologists v. Botanists in the Formative Period of the Science of Paleobotany." Earth Sciences History 24, No. 1 (2005):  35-61.
    • "Defining the Mesozoic/Defining Disciplines: Late Nineteenth Century Debates over the Jurassic-Cretaceous Boundary," Earth Sciences History 30, No. 2 (2011):  216-239.

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