My research integrates the history, philosophy, and social study of biological science and technology from 1900 to the present. My research has focussed on two key communities in particular: early adopters of Mendelism in the first decades of the twentieth century, and synthetic biologists in the present. Themes of my research that span this period include intellectual property, experimental practice, biological engineering, and scientific commercialisation. As part of the Narrative Science project I will be developing the importance of narrative knowledge for biological and biotechnological examples, all the while exploring what narrative and narratology can do for historiography.
An updated list of my publications, including author copies for download, is maintained on my personal site:
I am keen to supervise PhD research on topics in the history of the life sciences, including (but of course not limited to) agricultural, technological, and environmental themes. Please do not hesitate to get in touch in order to explore opportunities for doctoral research.