The research that went into Oneota Flow: the Upper Iowa and Its People (2009) fused my interest in ecology and local history with my interest in writing. I continue to research the history and environment of the region. In addition, I research the Victorian period (especially the work of William Morris) and the Arts and Crafts movement in Europe and America. My most recent research in British literature looks at the reaction of some of Britain's most popular writers (from Mary Shelley to Dickens to H.G. Wells) to the changing geological concept of the earth in the 18th and 19th century.