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, Working Life: Biomimesis and the Politics of Biological Productivity. The manuscript draws on interviews and ethnographic material to show how biomimicry is reshapes how we value ‘life’ by reimagining nonhuman bodies and behaviors as a resource for innovation. Chapters describe several biomimetic projects, including the making of robotic lobsters, robotic bees, and gecko adhesion, as well as the unmaking of jellyfish.
Several articles I have published on biomimicry explore how the field is making nonhuman life matter–culturally, economically and politically–in new ways. My writing has appeared in The Annals of the Association of American Geography, Society & Space, Theory Culture & Society, Acme, and Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization.
I am currently working on a new project with my colleague Astrid Schrader on the science of marine invertebrates in the context of climate change. We are interested in how studying the life cycles of marine organisms unsettles anthropocentric understandings of life and death.
I am currently based in the Department of Environmental Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.