MEGAN KATE NELSON received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2002 and has taught at Texas Tech University and California State University, Fullerton. Her first book, *Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp* (Georgia, 2005) was released in paperback in 2009. Her second book manuscript, entitled “Ruin Nation: Destruction and the Making of America in the Civil War Era,” is under advance contract with the University of Georgia Press. She has been invited to present her work as part of the Boston Environmental History Seminar Series at the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Weirding the War Conference at the University of Georgia, and the Ruins and Antiquities in 19th-Century America conference at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. She lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.