Hal Crimmel

Membership:  2015

Member Bio

Hal Crimmel teaches at Weber State University, a 26,000-student institution located just north of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, where the 3000m peaks of the Wasatch Mountains meet the arid spaces of the Great Basin Desert. Hal is Rodney H. Brady Distinguished Professor of English and founding co-chair of WSU’s Environmental Issues Committee. His interests include place-based pedagogy, wilderness, rivers, and applied sustainability, particularly as they relate to water issues and air pollution. At the Rachel Carson Center he will be working on Drink: The Nature of Beverages and Landscape Transformation, an environmental and cultural history of the landscapes used in producing crops for everyday beverages. His most recent book project, Conversations with W. S. Merwin, a collection of interviews with the former US Poet Laureate and environmental conservationist W. S. Merwin, is due out in June 2015.


  • "Land of 20,000 Wells: Impacts on Water from Oil and Gas Development in Eastern Utah." In Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources, edited by Hal Crimmel, 178–199. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2014.
  • Crimmel, Hal, ed. Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2014.
  • Teaching About Place: Learning from the Land. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2008. (co-edited with Laird Christensen).
  • Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2007.
  • Crimmel, Hal, ed. Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2003.