“Reading the Garden: Excursions into Walden,” in Approaches to Teaching Thoreau’s Walden and Other Works (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1996), 84-90
“Agnostic Ambassadors: The Place of Uncertainty in Richard Nelson and Mary Doria Russell.” Sixth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). Eugene, OR, June 2005.
“Tundra or Riviera?: Northern Exposure and the Limits of Expertise.” Southwest-Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM, February 2002.
“ ‘A Man Made of Rain’: Nature as Co-author of Richard Nelson’s The Island Within.” Fourth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). Flagstaff, AZ, June 2001.
“A Landscape of Exchange: Sidney Huntington’s Alaska.” Pacific Rim Literary Conference. Anchorage, AK, March 2001.
“ ‘The Obscure and Difficult Trail’: Tracking Wilderness Wanderers.” Representing Place Conference. Flagstaff, AZ, November 1998.
“ ‘Damned in the Midst of Paradise’: The Tragic Mode and Moby-Dick.” North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment and Community. Reno, NV, February 1998.
“Genera and Genres: Veracity and Fabrication in Nature Writing.” Second Biennial Conference of ASLE. Missoula, MT, July 1997.
“Inhabitants of the Dismal Swamp: The Desire to Escape Culture in Thoreau and Jewett.” Culture and Capital Conference. Boulder, CO, April 1997.