Mark Sturges joined the English department in 2014 after completing his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University. He studies early American literature with a focus on nature writing and environmental history. In recent years, he has published articles about Thomas Jefferson, William Bartram, the poetry of sheep farming in the early national era, and the regional folklore of Pennsylvania. His newest research project examines the cultural history of maple sugaring with a focus on the literary and artistic dimensions of this unique environmental practice. Overall, Mark is fascinated by the ways in which literary expression both shapes and reveals cultural attitudes about the natural world, and thus he puts environmental issues at the forefront of his critical and pedagogical practices. He teaches a variety of courses in American literature and environmental literature, and he often takes students outdoors to “ground-truth” the intellectual content of his classes. Occasionally he teaches a course about Cape Cod that involves a field trip to the Cape, and recently he has begun to teach in the Adirondack Semester.