I am a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis with designated emphases in Feminist Research & Theory, and Science & Technology Studies.
By looking at the material traces of plants found in gardens, art, and seed banks, I investigate the narratives of species and type specimens in historical and contemporary scientific research, to propose a re-envisioning of credit in the traditional forms of authority and credit in science. My broader work considers the IP issues around collecting seeds for preservation as intellectual property management.
I have a BA in Physics and Women’s Studies from Wellesley College, Massachusetts and an joint MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College and University College London. Before starting the PhD, I worked at the intersection of the public and science at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, where I worked on the 2009 Christmas Lectures on Plants, “The 300 Million Year War“. I am committed to increasing the awareness and appreciation of science, especially on issues related to plants.