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George E. Clark




Background and Interests

Librarian: As a research librarian at Harvard since 2001, I provide help to scholars from throughout the university and beyond. I handle both general reference questions and more specialized questions in environment and sustainability studies, including their overlap with government documents, data, and maps. I have also served as the interim manager of Government Information Services and the U.S. Federal Depository Library Coordinator at Harvard.

Writer: I write on environment, sustainability, music, and other topics. My print work has appeared in publications such as Environment, where I was a contributing editor for three years, and in The Resource, the internal human resources newspaper for Harvard University. I blog from time to time at GeoClark. I tweet and retweet as @GeorgeClark on environment, sustainability, libraries, and other topics. I use the moniker @DobroSwamp for thoughts on music, the resonator guitar, and the like. Music blogger Jon Goldmann kindly named me to his 2011 list of The Roots Music Twitterati 140.

Lyricist: You can find my song texts in the music section of GeoClark. One example is "Suburban Hymn."

Background and Interests

Previously, I worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago; as a watershed management consultant to the Massachusetts Metropolitan Distriction Commission (now the state Department of Conservation and Recreation); as a visiting instructor at Mt. Holyoke College; and as a library assistant at MIT's Lindgren Library of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. Lindgren Library closed in 2009.

In graduate school, I focused on the social aspects of environmental risks and hazards, water resources, and global change. I grew up in northern Virginia, and my family hails from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. I live west of Boston about halfway to Worcester. I am a ham radio operator, callsign W1XW.


B.A., Earlham College

M.A., University of Chicago

M.S., Simmons College
Library and Information Science
Ph.D., Clark University


Most Recent Publications

Clark, G. E. 2012. "A Tentative Psalm." In S. E. Richmond and M. Green, eds., Lines in the Landscape: Plein Air Poetry at Fruitlands, Harvard, MA: Fruitlands Museum/Concord Poetry Center/FootHills Publishing.

Clark, G. E. 2012. Review of P. P. Karan and S. P. Subbiah, eds., 2011, The Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Global Response to a Natural Disaster, Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky. Journal of Geography 111(3), pp. 123-124. (Harvard link.)

"Bytes of Note" Columns in Environment

"The Changing News Environment." March/April 2010, pp. 5-7.
"Design for the Global Household." January/February 2010, pp. 7-8.
"Environmental Twitter." September/October 2009, pp. 5-6.
"Academic Geography for Sustainability." May/June 2009, pp. 5-6.
"U.S. Government Information." January/February 2009, pp. 5-6.
"Groundwater: A Tale of Two Settings." November/December 2008, pp. 5-6.
"Sustainability Theater." September/October 2008, pp.6-7.
"Climate Policy's Quiet Giants" [on reinsurance]. July/August 2008, pp 6-7.
"The Human and Social Costs of War." March/April 2008, p. 3.
"War and Sustainability: The Economic and Environmental Costs." January/February 2008, pp. 3-4.
"Seeking Solutions for Suburbia." November 2007, pp. 3-4.
"Unsustainable Suburbia." October 2007, pp. 3-4.
"Environment on Film." September 2007, pp. 3-4.
"Environment and Human Rights." July/August 2007, p. 3.
"Hunting in Context." June 2007, pp. 3-4.
"Exploring Environmental Archives." May 2007, p. 3.

Additional Publications

Clark, G. E. 2008. "Making Climate News." Review of M. T. Boykoff and J. M. Boykoff, 2007, “Climate Change and Journalistic Norms: A Case Study of US Mass-Media Coverage,” Geoforum 38(6), 1190–04; and M. T. Boykoff, 2008, “Lost in Translation? United States Television News Coverage of Anthropogenic Climate Change, 1995—2004,” Climatic Change 86(1-2), 1–11. In "Editors' Picks," Environment 50(4), pp. 3-4.

Clark, G. E. 2008. Review of C. Park, 2007, Dictionary of Environment and Conservation, Oxford University Press. In "Books of Note," Environment 50(4), pp. 66-67.

Clark, G. E. 2007. "Environment and Conservation." In C. LaGuardia, ed., Magazines for Libraries, 16th ed. New Providence, NJ.: ProQuest LLC, pp. 376-382. Minor revisions for 16th edition.

Clark, G. E. 2007. "Television, Video, and Radio." In C. LaGuardia, ed., Magazines for Libraries, 16th ed. New Providence, NJ.: ProQuest LLC, pp. 920-924.

Clark, G. E. 2006. Review of W. R. Hofstra, The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley, 2004, Johns Hopkins University Press. In Journal of Cultural Geography 23(2), 134-136. (Harvard link.)

Clark, G. E. 2005. "Environment and Conservation." In C. LaGuardia, ed., Magazines for Libraries, 14th ed. New Providence, NJ.: Bowker, 417-422. Chapter completely revised for 14th edition.

Clark, G. E. 2003. "Environment and Conservation." In C. LaGuardia, ed., Magazines for Libraries, 12th ed. New Providence, NJ.: Bowker, 422-429.

Clark, G. E. 2002. Review of International Bibliography of Maps and Atlases, 2nd ed. K.G. Saur. In Library Journal 127 (7), "Database & Disc Reviews," 134-135. (Harvard link.)

Clark, G. E. 2001. Vulnerability to Coastal Flood Hazards in Revere, Massachusetts: A Social Component of Risk. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation. Worcester, MA.: Graduate School of Geography, Clark University. See HOLLIS Catalog or Proquest Dissertations & Theses Full Text (Harvard link.)

Steinberg, P. E., and G. E. Clark. 1999. "Troubled Water? Acquiescence, Conflict, and the Politics of Place in Watershed Management." Political Geography 18(4), 477-508.

Clark, G. E., S. C. Moser, S. J. Ratick, K. Dow, W. B. Meyer, S. Emani, W. Jin, J. X. Kasperson, R. E. Kasperson, and H. E. Schwarz. 1998. "Assessing the Vulnerability of Coastal Communities to Extreme Storms: The Case of Revere, MA., USA." Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 3(1), 59-82. (Harvard link.)

Emani, S., S. J. Ratick, G. E. Clark, K. Dow, J. X. Kasperson, R. E. Kasperson, S. Moser, and H. E. Schwarz. 1994. "Assessing Vulnerability to Extreme Storm Events and Sea-Level Rise Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)." GIS/LIS Proceedings 1993. 2-4 Nov. 1993. Vol. 1, 201-209.