Russell Fielding

Assistant Professor, Environment and Sustainability, The College of Arts and Sciences
B.S. University of Florida; M.A. University of Montana; Ph.D. Louisiana State University



Russell Fielding is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies program at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Florida, a master's degree at the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University.  He also participated in the Canada-US Fulbright Program, spending a year researching and teaching with the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.

As for research, Fielding is interested, broadly, in questions of subsistence, cultural tradition, and resource conservation.  He has two active research projects.  Since 2005 he has been involved in a study of artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and the islands of St. Vincent and St. Lucia in the Caribbean.  He hopes to expand this project soon to include whaling off the coast of West Africa and among the islands of the South Pacific.  The current focus of this research involves the presence of environmental contaminants in the marine mammal tissue and the associated potential for human health risks when these food products are consumed.

His second project began in 2013 and involves the study of waste-to-energy facilities and their application to small island environments.  Based primarily in the Caribbean, this project investigates the ecological and economic implications of burning trash to make electricity and/or to desalinate seawater.  Field sites include St. Barthélemy in the French West Indies and St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.  The project will soon expand to include Bermuda and Jamaica.