Paul Lucier is a historian of the earth sciences, mining technology and the environment. He is interested in the evolution of ideas about the earth and how scientific theories and practices were involved in and influenced by the exploration and extraction of mineral resources. Lucier wrote Scientists and Swindlers: Consulting on Coal and Oil in America, 1820–1890 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), a sweeping study of the commercialization of American science, and is currently working on a book about the development of hard-rock mining in the American West. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship and for his teaching, which has taken him across two continents and to four universities. In addition to teaching at RISD, he currently works as a consulting historian for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod.