I am a lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. I received my PhD in History from Yale University in 2012.
My new book Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in Twentieth Century America is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in 2016. It traces the history of several early technologies used to modify genes and chromosomes, including their development as research tools in genetics and evolutionary biology, their application as novel methods of plant breeding, and their celebration in American popular culture as means of engineering life.
My current research considers the history of global conservation, in particular efforts made to preserve the genetic diversity of agricultural crop species through the practice of seed banking. This work has received support from the Rockefeller Archive Center, the Wellcome Trust, and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge.