I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin and a Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution Archives and National Museum of American History. My current book project is American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science.
My broader research interests center on the role of place in shaping scientific knowledge and the intersection between the history of science and environmental history. My focus is on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American science, but I am especially interested in transnational connections of science in the US with Latin American and European science. In particular, I am fascinated by the history of classification and nomenclature, collecting practices and observation in the field, translations between local and global knowledge, nationalism and internationalism in science, science and empire, the construction of cultural understandings of the environment, and the history of ideas about biological diversity.