‘taking the earth’s pulse’

The program committee for the next annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History (12-17 April 2011, Phoenix, Arizona) has accepted a panel proposal that I helped put together with Gina Rumore (the organizer),  James Collins, and Erik Conway. The panel is titled “Taking the Earth’s Pulse: Scientific Networks and the Challenges of Collecting Environmental Data.” We’re hoping it will provoke vigorous discussion at the intersection of environmental history and the history of science and that it will provide some new perspectives on recent efforts to build continent- and globe-spanning networks of ecological surveillance.

conservation biology and the regulatory archive

As of 1 September 2010, I’m a research scholar in Department II of the Max Planck Institute for the the History of Science, where I’m participating in a project on the Sciences of the Archive. The project aims to historicize “data” —  a concept which, as my colleagues at the MPIWG write, has typically been considered “too basic to merit a history.” Continue reading