Matthew Morse Booker

urban environmental history, history of aquaculture, food history, oyster aquaculture, maritime environmental history, agricultural history, digital humanities, spatial history

Matthew Morse Booker leads the fellowship program at the National Humanities Center and is Professor of History at North Carolina State University. At NC State he won teaching and research awards, directed the Science, Technology & Society program, co-founded the interdisciplinary Visual Narrative faculty research cluster, led an oral history archive on genetic engineering in agriculture, collaborated with faculty in Applied Ecology, Computer Science, Engineering, and Entomology, and directed graduate student dissertations from Biology and Entomology to Landscape Architecture and Public History. He publishes in environmental history, food history, and agricultural history.

Works (65)

Updated: April 29th, 2024 17:34

2023 conference paper

The Seed Oyster Inspectors: Labor and Power in Trans-Pacific Tidelands, 1945-1970s

The Pacific Circle: History and Studies of Pacific Science. Presented at the The Pacific Circle: History and Studies of Pacific Science, Kyoto University.

By: M. Booker & K. Ericson

Event: The Pacific Circle: History and Studies of Pacific Science at Kyoto University

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: March 17, 2024

2022 article

Filth into Food? Lessons from the Past

Booker, M. (2022, August 11).

By: M. Booker n

Source: ORCID
Added: February 28, 2024

2022 chapter

Sweetness, Power, Yeasts, and Entomo-terroir

In V. Bienvenue & N. Chare (Eds.), Animals, Plants and Afterimages: The Art and Science of Representing Extinction. https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/BienvenueAnimals

By: R. Dunn, M. Sanchez & M. Booker

Ed(s): V. Bienvenue & N. Chare

Source: ORCID
Added: February 28, 2024

2021 journal article

The diversity and function of sourdough starter microbiomes

ELife, 10.

By: E. Landis*, A. Oliverio*, E. McKenney n, L. Nichols n, N. Kfoury*, M. Biango-Daniels*, L. Shell n, A. Madden n ...

Contributors: E. Landis*, A. Oliverio*, E. McKenney n, L. Nichols n, N. Kfoury*, M. Biango-Daniels*, L. Shell n, A. Madden n ...

MeSH headings : Acetic Acid / metabolism; Bacteria / metabolism; Bread / microbiology; Food Microbiology; Microbiota
TL;DR: The extent of microbial diversity in an ancient fermented food across diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds is revealed and strong co-occurrence patterns observed in situ and recreated in vitro demonstrate that microbial interactions shape sourdough community structure. (via Semantic Scholar)
UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
Sources: Web Of Science, NC State University Libraries, ORCID, Crossref
Added: January 26, 2021

2021 journal article

The status of striped bass, <scp><i>Morone saxatilis</i>,</scp> as a commercially ready species for U.S. marine aquaculture

Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, 52(3), 710–730.

By: L. Andersen n, J. Abernathy*, D. Berlinsky*, G. Bolton n, M. Booker n, R. Borski n, T. Brown*, D. Cerino* ...

Contributors: L. Andersen n, J. Abernathy*, D. Berlinsky*, G. Bolton n, M. Booker n, R. Borski n, T. Brown*, D. Cerino* ...

author keywords: aquaculture; commercial; marine; Morone; striped bass
TL;DR: Market surveys found that marketing value-added, boneless, skin-on fillets of aquacultured striped bass in the mid-Atlantic region is feasible even with a final product price of US $39.68 per kg, which shows a clear economic and market potential for aquaculture production of striped bass, which already has a wide consumer acceptance and appeal. (via Semantic Scholar)
UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
14. Life Below Water (Web of Science; OpenAlex)
Sources: Web Of Science, NC State University Libraries, ORCID, Crossref
Added: June 10, 2021

2021 conference paper

The ‘Pacific’ Oyster Trade and the Possibilities of Trans-Pacific Environmental History

Sixth Biennial Conference of East Asian Environmental History. Presented at the Sixth Biennial Conference of East Asian Environmental History, Kyoto, Japan.

By: K. Ericson & M. Booker

Event: Sixth Biennial Conference of East Asian Environmental History at Kyoto, Japan

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: March 17, 2024

2021 chapter

Visualizing San Francisco Bay’s Forgotten Past

In K. Coulter, W. Graf von Hardenburg, & F. A. Jorgensen (Eds.), Ant, Spider, Bee: Chronicling Digital Transformations in the Humanities (pp. 117–126). Munich: Spider & Cloud.

By: M. Booker

Ed(s): K. Coulter, W. Graf von Hardenburg & F. Jorgensen

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: March 17, 2024

2021 chapter

Why do People Care for Sourdough?

In R. Dunn, M. Vandegrift, K. Dufresne, K. Ciccone, L. Nichols, & M. Jewell (Eds.), Fermentology.

By: M. Booker n

Ed(s): R. Dunn, M. Vandegrift, K. Dufresne, K. Ciccone, L. Nichols & M. Jewell

Sources: NC State University Libraries, NC State University Libraries, ORCID, Crossref
Added: April 1, 2023

2020 book

Down By the Bay: San Francisco's History Between the Tides

In University of California Press. https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520355569/down-by-the-bay

Matthew Booker

Source: ORCID
Added: February 28, 2024

2020 chapter

Integrating History into the Restoration of Coho Salmon in the Siuslaw River, Oregon

In Sustainable Fisheries Management (pp. 625–636).

By: M. Booker*

Sources: Crossref, NC State University Libraries
Added: March 3, 2024

2020 weblog post

Loss, Grief, and the Humanities in the Time of Pandemic

Booker, M. (2020, April). https://action.nationalhumanitiescenter.org/loss-grief-humanities-pandemic/

By: M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: March 17, 2024

2020 journal article

Scenario analysis on the use of rodenticides and sex-biasing gene drives for the removal of invasive house mice on islands

Biological Invasions, 22(4), 1235–1248.

By: M. Serr n, R. Valdez*, K. Barnhill-Dilling n, J. Godwin n, T. Kuiken n & M. Booker n

Contributors: M. Serr n, R. Valdez*, K. Barnhill-Dilling n, J. Godwin n, T. Kuiken n & M. Booker n

author keywords: Preserving island biodiversity; Rodent eradications; Synthetic biology; Stakeholder engagement; Public perceptions
TL;DR: It is made the case that the ethical challenges with the use of gene drive sex-biasing techniques and the effectiveness of this tool will rely as much on its public acceptance and its democratic use as the actual science used to construct the technology. (via Semantic Scholar)
UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
Source: ORCID
Added: January 7, 2020

2019 conference paper

Beyond Despair: Theory and Practice in Environmental Humanities

National Humanities Center. Presented at the National Humanities Center, Durham, NC.

By: M. Booker

Event: National Humanities Center at Durham, NC

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: March 17, 2024

2019 book

Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates

In University of North Carolina Press. https://uncpress.org/book/9781469652894/food-fights/

Matthew Booker

Source: ORCID
Added: February 28, 2024

2019 chapter

Introduction

In Food Fights (pp. 1–12).

By: C. Ludington & M. Booker*

UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
2. Zero Hunger (OpenAlex)
Sources: Crossref, NC State University Libraries
Added: March 3, 2024

2019 webpage

Sourdough Cultures

(2019, August 29). https://seeingthewoods.org/2019/08/29/sourdough-cultures/

Matthew Booker

Source: ORCID
Added: February 28, 2024

2019 chapter

The Century-Old Origins of Contemporary Food Safety Debates

In C. Ludington & M. Booker (Eds.), Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates (pp. 145–161). Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press.

By: M. Booker

Ed(s): C. Ludington & M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2019 chapter

Who Should Be Responsible for Food Safety? Oysters as a Case Study

In Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates. https://uncpress.org/book/9781469652894/food-fights/

By: M. Booker

Source: ORCID
Added: February 28, 2024

2018 journal article

Before The Jungle: The Atlantic origins of US food safety regulation

Global Environment, 11(1), 12–35.

By: M. Booker*

Contributors: M. Booker*

Source: ORCID
Added: February 28, 2024

2018 conference paper

What Sourdough Bread Tells Us About the Anthropocene

Anthropocene and Citizen Science: Evidence Gained through the “Opening-up” of Academic Knowledge Production? Presented at the Anthropocene and Citizen Science: Evidence Gained through the “Opening-up” of Academic Knowledge Production?, Deutsches Museum, Munich.

By: M. Booker & L. Shapiro

Event: Anthropocene and Citizen Science: Evidence Gained through the “Opening-up” of Academic Knowledge Production? at Deutsches Museum, Munich

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2017 report

Humanities Moment: China Camp State Park

National Humanities Center.

By: M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2017 report

Oysters in the City

Raleigh, NC: Center for Geospatial Analysis, NC State University.

By: M. Booker, C. Piccone, S. Vincent & M. Griffin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2016 report

150 Years of Observing San Francisco Bay

In Fisher Bay Observatory Essay #3 (Fisher Bay Observatory Essay No. 3). San Francisco: Exploratorium Science Center.

By: M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2016 conference paper

Modifying Tradition: Food safety in the 20th century U.S.

Consuming the World: Eating and Drinking in Culture, History, and Environment. Presented at the Consuming the World: Eating and Drinking in Culture, History, and Environment, Rachel Carson Center, Munich.

By: M. Booker

Event: Consuming the World: Eating and Drinking in Culture, History, and Environment at Rachel Carson Center, Munich

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2015 conference paper

Placing responsibility for food safety in the twentieth century

American Society for Environmental History. Presented at the American Society for Environmental History, Washington, D.C.

By: M. Booker

Event: American Society for Environmental History at Washington, D.C

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2015 journal article

What Should We Eat?

RCC Perspectives, (1), 45–50.

By: M. Booker

Ed(s): M. Pimbert, R. Shindelar & H. Schösler

Source: ORCID
Added: February 28, 2024

2015 report

Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?

In Rachel Carson Center Blog.

By: M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2014 conference paper

Comment, panel on public history and environmental history

American Society for Environmental History. Presented at the American Society for Environmental History, San Francisco, CA.

By: M. Booker

Event: American Society for Environmental History at San Francisco, CA

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2014 conference paper

Lessons from the boom and bust of an Atlantic fishery

Post-collapse: Ecology and Environmental Humanities conference. Presented at the Post-collapse: Ecology and Environmental Humanities conference, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

By: M. Booker

Event: Post-collapse: Ecology and Environmental Humanities conference at University of Zurich, Switzerland

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2014 conference paper

Organizer and Chair, roundtable on urban environmental history

American Society for Environmental History. Presented at the American Society for Environmental History, San Francisco, CA.

By: M. Booker

Event: American Society for Environmental History at San Francisco, CA

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2014 article

The nature of borders: Salmon, boundaries, and bandits on the Salish Sea

Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 83, pp. 534–535.

By: M. Booker n

UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
14. Life Below Water (OpenAlex)
Sources: NC State University Libraries, NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2013 review

A negotiated landscape: The transformation of San Francisco's waterfront since 1950

[Review of ]. Pacific Historical Review, 82(2), 325–326.

By: M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2013 book

Down by the bay: San Francisco's history between the tides

In Down by the Bay: San Francisco's History between the Tides. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84887735167&partnerID=MN8TOARS

By: M. Booker

Contributors: M. Booker

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2013 journal article

Garone, P. 2011. The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California’s Great Central Valley

Wetlands, 33(2), 379–380.

By: M. Booker n

Sources: Crossref, NC State University Libraries
Added: November 22, 2020

2013 report

No Illusions, No Fantasy, No Melodrama: The Legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

In 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, College of Natural Resources. Raleigh, NC: NC State University.

By: M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2013 report

Why I wrote Down by the Bay

In Save the Bay Blog.

By: M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2012 conference paper

Assessing the spatial turn in US history

Organization of American Historians/National Council of Public Historians. Presented at the Organization of American Historians/National Council of Public Historians, Milwaukee, WI.

By: M. Booker

Event: Organization of American Historians/National Council of Public Historians at Milwaukee, WI

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2012 conference paper

Digital urban environmental histories

American Society for Environmental History. Presented at the American Society for Environmental History, Madison, WI.

By: M. Booker

Event: American Society for Environmental History at Madison, WI

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2012 conference paper

Making Use of Nature: How resources became commodities in America during the Nineteenth Century

Organization of American Historians/National Council of Public Historians. Presented at the Organization of American Historians/National Council of Public Historians, Milwaukee, WI.

By: M. Booker

Event: Organization of American Historians/National Council of Public Historians at Milwaukee, WI

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2012 article

The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California's Great Central Valley

JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY, Vol. 43, pp. 139–141.

By: M. Booker n

Sources: Web Of Science, NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2012 journal article

Visualizing San Francisco Bay's Forgotten Past

Journal of Digital Humanities, 1(3). http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-3/visualizing-san-francisco-bays-forgotten-past-by-matthew-booker/

By: M. Booker

Source: ORCID
Added: February 28, 2024

2011 article

urban farming in the west: A new deal experiment in subsistence homesteads.

Western Historical Quarterly, Vol. 42, pp. 407–408.

By: M. Booker n

Sources: NC State University Libraries, NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2010 report

From Salt Ponds to Refuge in San Francisco Bay

In Spatial History Project. Stanford.

By: M. Booker, M. De Groot & K. Harris

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2010 conference paper

How did the Japanese oyster become American?

Society for the History of Technology. Presented at the Society for the History of Technology, Tacoma, WA.

By: M. Booker

Event: Society for the History of Technology at Tacoma, WA

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2010 article

Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco

Booker, M. M. (2010, August). PACIFIC HISTORICAL REVIEW, Vol. 79, pp. 465–466.

By: M. Booker*

Sources: Web Of Science, NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2010 conference paper

Visualizing the Story of San Francisco Bay

Narrating the Visual Conference. Presented at the Narrating the Visual Conference, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

By: M. Booker

Event: Narrating the Visual Conference at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2009 conference paper

Looking Backward to Look Ahead: San Francisco Bay Environmental History and Impending Climate Change

San Francisco Estuary Institute. Presented at the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

By: M. Booker

Event: San Francisco Estuary Institute

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2009 report

Shell Mounds in San Francisco Bay Area

In Spatial History Project.

By: A. Roberts & M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2009 article

The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Booker, M. M. (2009, February). PACIFIC HISTORICAL REVIEW, Vol. 78, pp. 129–U142.

By: M. Booker n

UN Sustainable Development Goal Categories
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities (OpenAlex)
Sources: Web Of Science, NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2009 report

The Production of Space in San Francisco Bay: San Francisco Bay’s Atlantic Oyster Industry, 1869-1920s

In Spatial History Project.

By: G. Lee, A. Norton, A. Robichaud & M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2009 report

The Struggle for Ownership of the San Francisco Bay Area, 1769-1972

In Spatial History Project.

By: M. De Groot & M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2009 conference paper

Visualizing San Francisco Bay, Doing Spatial History

Western History Association. Presented at the Western History Association.

By: M. Booker

Event: Western History Association

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2009 report

Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Early Bay Habitation, 6000BP to Present: The Emeryville Shellmound

In Spatial History Project.

By: M. Booker & A. Norton

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2008 report

Morgan Oyster Company’s Bay Holdings, 1930

In Spatial History Project.

By: G. Lee, A. Norton, A. Robichaud & M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2008 report

San Mateo County Bay Ownership, 1877-1927

In Spatial History Project.

By: G. Lee, A. Norton, A. Robichaud & M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2007 review

Crab wars: A tale of horseshoe crabs, bioterrorism, and human health

[Review of ]. Journal of the History of Biology, 40(2), 382–383.

By: M. Booker

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2007 conference paper

San Francisco Bay’s Immigrant Oysters

European Society for Environmental History meeting. Presented at the European Society for Environmental History meeting, Amsterdam.

By: M. Booker

Event: European Society for Environmental History meeting at Amsterdam

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2006 conference paper

Centering Nature: Humans, History and the Environment

Method and Meaning: A Workshop in Historical Meaning and Interpretation. Presented at the Method and Meaning: A Workshop in Historical Meaning and Interpretation, Department of History, Duke University.

By: M. Booker

Event: Method and Meaning: A Workshop in Historical Meaning and Interpretation at Department of History, Duke University

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2006 review

Oyster growers and oyster pirates in San Francisco Bay

[Review of ]. PACIFIC HISTORICAL REVIEW, 75(1), 63–88.

By: M. Booker n

Contributors: M. Booker n

Sources: Web Of Science, NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2006 conference paper

Oysters and Marine History

Sea Educational Association Marine Environmental History Workshop. Presented at the Sea Educational Association Marine Environmental History Workshop, Key West, FL.

By: M. Booker

Event: Sea Educational Association Marine Environmental History Workshop at Key West, FL

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2005 conference paper

The Chao Praya, Arakawa, and Thames: Re-Engineering Rivers and Societies in Bangkok, Tokyo, and London

American Society for Environmental History. Presented at the American Society for Environmental History, Houston, Texas.

By: M. Booker

Event: American Society for Environmental History at Houston, Texas

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2004 conference paper

Foraging, Private Property, and Environmental Inequality on Bay Area Shorelines

American Society for Environmental History. Presented at the American Society for Environmental History, Victoria BC.

By: M. Booker

Event: American Society for Environmental History at Victoria BC

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2001 chapter

Pacific Northwest

In C. Miller, M. Cioc, & K. Showers (Eds.), History in Dispute (Vol. 7). New York: St. James Press/Gale Publications.

By: M. Booker

Ed(s): C. Miller, M. Cioc & K. Showers

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

2001 chapter

Pacific Salmon

In C. Miller, M. Cioc, & K. Showers (Eds.), History in Dispute (Vol. 7). New York: St. James Press/Gale Publications.

By: M. Booker & M. Klingle

Ed(s): C. Miller, M. Cioc & K. Showers

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

report

How to Think in the Environmental Humanities

Booker, M., & Gilman, K. In Humanities in Class, National Humanities Center. Humanities in Class, National Humanities Center.

By: M. Booker & K. Gilman

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: April 29, 2024

Employment

Updated: February 27th, 2024 13:44

2023 - present

North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina, US
Professor History

2020 - present

National Humanities Center Research Triangle Park, NC, US
Vice President Scholarly Programs

2012 - 2023

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Associate Professor History

2017 - 2020

North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC, US
Director Science, Technology & Society

2004 - 2012

North Carolina State University Raleigh, US
Assistant Professor History

2008 - 2011

Stanford University Stanford, CA, US
Principal Investigator Spatial History Project

2008 - 2009

Stanford University Stanford, CA, US
Assistant Professor Lane Center for the American West

Education

Updated: August 31st, 2020 10:55

1998 - 2005

Stanford University Stanford, CA, US
PhD History

1995 - 1997

University of Oregon Eugene, OR, US
MS Environmental Studies

1986 - 1991

University of California Berkeley, CA, US
BA Latin American History

Funding History

Funding history based on the linked ORCID record. Updated: June 27th, 2022 09:57

award May 1 - August 1, 2019
Alumni Fellow
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
award September 1, 2016 - May 1, 2017
Donnelley Family Fellow
National Humanities Center
award May 1 - August 1, 2016
National Endowment for the Humanities Munson Mystic Institute
National Endowment for the Humanities
award May 1 - August 1, 2014
Carson Fellow
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
award January 1 - December 1, 2014
Urban Fellow
SEED Fund

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