I am an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of  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, long-term research and geographic disparities in research, the construction of cultural understandings of the environment, and the history of ideas about biological diversity.

Interviews and Talks:
15 Minute History
Edge Effects
New Books Network 
Tropilunch, UF Tropical Conservation and Development Program
History of Science Society