Research Interests

  • American West
  • Environment
  • National Parks and Protected Areas
  • United States


  • Ph.D. Utah, 1994
  • M.A. Washington State University, 1985
  • B.A. Western Washington University, 1981

Awards, Honors and Affiliations

  • Best Teacher Award, Alumni Association, Colorado State University, 2015
  • William E. Morgan Chair of Liberal Arts, Colorado State University, 2008-2013
  • Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award, Forest History Society, 2001
  • Co-Founder and Council Member, Public Lands History Center, Colorado State University, 2007-present

Select Publications

Fiege Books


  • National Parks beyond the Nation: Global Perspectives on "America's Best Idea." Edited with Adrian Howkins and Jared Orsi. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016) 
  • The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States.  (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012)
  • Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999)


  • "Nature, History, and Environmental History at Rocky Mountain National Park," Park Science 32(2) (Winter 2015-2016): 76-78 
  • "The Democratic Promise of Nature Preservation," in After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans, ed. Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015), 114-122, 210-211
  • "Toward a History of Environmental History in the National Parks," George Wright Forum 28(2) (2011): 128-147
  • "The Nature of the West and the World," Western Historical Quarterly 42 (Autumn 2011): 305-312