David Zylberberg


Public elementary and secondary school, Sudbury, Ontario, 1985-2000

B.Hum Highest Honours, Humanities and History, Carleton University, 2005

MA, History, University of Calgary, 2008

PhD, History, York University, 2014


 “Plants and Fossils: Household Fuel Consumption in Hampshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1750-1830” PhD Dissertation

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Fuel Prices, Regional Diets and Cooking Habits in the English Industrial Revolution” Past and Present 229 (2015) 91-122

Comprehensive Exam Fields (November 2009):

British History, 1750-1980

Environmental History, 500-1750

European History, 1750-1980

 Selected Presentations:

“Warm, Well-fed and Employed? Fuel Prices and Regional Lifestyle Divergence in Early Industrial England,” Rural History Roundtable, University of Guelph, March 12, 2015.

“Lost in a Cloud of Smoke: Declining Health and the Regulation of Smoke Pollution in Early Industrial Yorkshire” Environmental Quality and Human Health Workshop, Property and Environment Research Center, Bozeman, Montana, August 11, 2014.

“Fossil Corridors: Canals, Fertilizers and Yorkshire Agriculture, 1775-1830” World Congress of Environmental History, Guimares, Portugal, July 11, 2014

“Potatoes, Broths and Wheaten Breads: Fuel Prices and Yorkshire Regional Diets, 1770-1830” Anglo-American Conference: Food in History, Institute of Historical Research, London, July 13, 2013.

“‘Abating the Smoke Nuisance’: Changing Responses to Air Pollution in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1800-1830” American Society for Environmental History Annual Conference, Toronto, April 5, 2013.

“Pilfered Coal and Lopped Timber: Fuel Theft in Hampshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1750-1830” Third Symposium of Environmental Historians in Southern Ontario, Western University, London, Ontario, September 20, 2012.

“’Coals for the Poor’: Household Fuel in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1750-1830” Economic History Society Annual Meeting, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, March 30, 2012.

“Dozens or Chaldrons: Units of Sale and Fuel Relationships in England, 1750-1830,” Definitions of Power: Units, Ideas, and Images in the History of Energy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 18, 2011

“Carting Turf for the Poor: Fuel and the Poor Law in Hampshire, 1740-1830,” Southern Ontario British History Seminar, Ryerson University, October 21, 2011

“Faggots or Pit-Props: Woodland Management in Hampshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1740-1830” Environmental Studies Association of Canada Annual Meeting, University of New Brunswick, May 31, 2011

“Poor Widows Coals: Fuel Disbursements by Overseers of the Poor in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1760-1830,” Ideas, Ideologies and Values during the Industrial Revolution, University of Gothenburg, Sweden October 15, 2010

“Tracing Hares Through the Snow: Environment and Illegal Hunting in 17th Century England,” New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference, York University, February 19, 2010

“Destructive French Influences: Diet and Luxury in Eighteenth-Century Britain” New Frontiers Graduate History Conference, York University, February 15, 2008

“Ruined by Pleasure: The Moralization of Medical Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain” Graduate Student Research Forum, University of Calgary, November 1, 2007

“Why did they care? Representations of the Russo-Japanese War in the Southern Alberta Media” Buffalo Province History Conference, University of Saskatchewan, May 13, 2007

 Book Reviews

Environmental History

Non-Refereed Publications

“History of Energy, Medieval World,” Encyclopedia of Energy (Pasadena: Salem Press, 2012)

“History of Energy, 1800 to 1850,” Encyclopedia of Energy (Pasadena: Salem Press, 2012)

“An Argument for Regional Energy Pricing in Ontario” Troy Media, September 16, 2011. (This Op-Ed was picked up by the Calgary Beacon, Surrey Beacon, Kelowna Beacon, and

 Language Skills:

English (mother tongue)




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