Adam M. Sowards is an environmental historian who focuses on North America, especially the West and is affiliate faculty with Environmental Science, Water Resources and American Studies. A prize-winning historian, he has primarily focused on the American conservation movement and forest history. Currently, Sowards is interested in how environment and culture affect scientific inquiry and is studying Arctic exploration and a Northwestern ecologist. Periodically, he works with U-Idaho students, faculty, and other collaborators on regional environmental history projects, especially ones that focus on water use and management. Sowards has been at the University of Idaho since 2003 and has been active in interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service. He has worked with dozens of graduate students in many academic programs, besides the hundreds of undergraduates who have passed through his classroom.