I am a writer, researcher, and educator studying how new ties between the biosciences and technological innovation are changing how we understand life — and death — in the Anthropocene. I write on developing fields like biomimicry and biotechnology and their influence on how we inhabit our environment. I am currently working on a book, Life’s Work: the Politics of Biological Productivity. The manuscript draws on interviews and ethnographic material to show how the biosciences are reshaping life and value by reimagining nonhuman bodies and behaviors as a resource for innovation. Chapters describe several biomimetic and biotech projects, including the making of robotic lobsters, robotic bees, and gecko adhesion, as well as the unmaking of jellyfish.
I have published several articles on biomimicry as well as biosensing with a focus on how these fields are making nonhuman life matter–culturally, economically and politically–in new ways. My writing has appeared in journals including –South Atlantic Quarterly-, –The Annals of the Association of American Geography-, –Society & Space-, –Theory Culture & Society-, –Acme-, and –Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization-. My paper on –jellyfish and eco-security- in the Anthropocene can also be found in the edited volume, –Animals, Biopolitics, Law-.
I am currently an Assistant Professor of Human Geography at -Durham University-.