“Traditional Whaling Methods in Modern Times” is the topic of a free, public lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the CBB Room 102 at Montana Tech.

The presenter is Russell Fielding, Ph.D., a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Denver.

Fielding holds a bachelor’s degree from 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 with the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Fielding is interested in questions of subsistence, cultural tradition, and resource conservation. Since 2005, Fielding has been involved in a study of artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and the Caribbean.

Fielding is working to expand this project to include whaling off the coast of West Africa and the Pacific. His second project began in 2013 and involves the study of waste-to-energy facilities and their application to small-island environments.