Environmental Studies at UVM

Frank Zelko

Associate Professor, Advisor

Environmental Program, History Department

Wheeler House Room 210

  • 802-656-8517

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm and Thursday 2:00-3:00pm in Wheeler House. Contact Frank directly to schedule.

Areas of Interest: 

Global environmental history, history of environmentalism, ideas about nature, animal studies


Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Frank Zelko earned a doctorate in environmental history from the University of Kansas in 2003. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow in environmental history at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, he spent two and a half years as a faculty member in the history department at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. While Queensland’s sub-tropical splendor had its charms, the constant danger of falling mangos and avocados prompted him to seek the safer and more bracing environment of New England, and he arrived on the shores of Lake Champlain in January of 2007. In addition to an introductory course in global environmental history, Zelko teaches a first year TAP class in animal studies, plus advanced seminars in environmental history and environmental studies. Zelko’s research focuses on the history of environmentalism. He is the author of Make it a Green Peace! The Rise of Countercultural Environmentalism (Oxford, 2013).


  • Ph.D. Environmental History, University of Kansas, 2003
  • M.A. History, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, 1997
  • B.A. History and Geography, Monash University, 1991

Other Courses: 

  • HST 095 TAP: Animal Nature

Professional Affiliations: 

  • History Editor for Solutions (http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/)

Info for Prospective Graduate Students: 

My area of expertise is the history of environmentalism, particularly in North America, Western Europe, and Australia. I have supervised doctoral and masters students  working on topics such as the history of environmental organizations, environmental themes in Victorian children's literature, environmental ideas in modern theater, and comparative studies of environmental justice issues in the US and Canada.