Who We Are
The GeoREACH Lab supports Geospatial Research in Atlantic Canadian History and other projects of the Applied, Communications, Leadership & Culture (ACLC) program in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island.
The Director of the Lab is Dr. Joshua MacFadyen, Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities and faculty member in the ACLC program. Dr. MacFadyen’s area of research interest is Digital Approaches to Environmental History, which examines significant social-ecological transitions in Canadian agriculture using innovative digital history and geospatial analysis of case study areas in the Maritime, Eastern Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. It explores how rural Canadians exchanged one energy system for another by mapping the transition from an extensive organic frontier to intensive food and energy systems. By increasing our capacity to understand both the physical transformations of place and their social impacts, this research will help to inform better land use planning, resource co-management, and risk management in the future.
For more about our team, please see our People page.
What We Do
Researchers in the GeoREACH Lab are engaged in a variety of projects, from faculty-directed mapping initiatives to student research assistance on the lab’s core projects. The lab team uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to digitize historical maps and geospatial characteristics of rural food and energy systems in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The lab is also a base for several public engagement projects, from community mapping to the participatory research initiative The Back 50 Project.
To learn more about our current activities, please see the Projects page.
- Energy on the Christian B. Snyder and Joseph Snyder Farm and the Waterloo North CSD, North Waterloo, OntarioThe Snyder farm in Ontario’s Waterloo North region is an example of a large and highly productive Mixed Animal Husbandry Agroecosystem with Extensive Family Labour Supplies. In 1871, Christian B. … Continue reading
- Energy on the Thomas Maltais Farm and Jonquière, Chicoutimi, QuébecThe Maltais Farm in Québec’s Chicoutimi Region is an example of a Livestock-Focussed Farm with Grain Surplus. Thomas Maltais (b.1833/ d.1890) reported owning 300 acres, or 121.4 ha, within the … Continue reading
- Energy on the Philip Maher Farm and Windsor, Richmond, QuebecThe Maher farm in Ontario’s Windsor County is an example of a Timber Extraction Enterprise with Supporting Livestock and Hay. In the 1871 Census of Canada, Philip Maher (b. 1832/ … Continue reading
- Energy on the John Orser Farm and Alnwick, Northumberland County, OntarioThe Orser Farm in Ontario’s Northumberland County is an example of a Forest Product Farm with Supporting Livestock and Crops. John Orser (b. 1808/ d. 1877) reported owning 220.5 acres, … Continue reading
Top photo: “Farm Scene” (undated), Carter & Co. Limited,
Historic PEI Postcards Collection, UPEI Robertson Library.