I am Curator of Navigation and Oceanography at Royal Museums Greenwich. My research focuses on the Challenger Expedition (1872-76), 19th century science, the history of navigation and the development of modern oceanography. I am the author of The Challenger Expedition: Exploring the Ocean’s Depths (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich: October 2022), which offers a fresh look at this groundbreaking expedition during the 150th anniversary of its launch.
I am co-editor of Women in the History of Science: A Sourcebook (UCL Press, forthcoming March 2023), which argues for a more inclusive and expansive history of science that includes not only famous discoveries but also the often overlooked labour of laboratory assistants, wives, artists, healers, authors, translators and others involved in the everyday production of knowledge.
My research of the Challenger Expedition began in 2016 with a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council collaborative doctoral award with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and the Science and Technologies Studies Department at University College London (UCL). During my PhD studies, I undertook extensive original research into the Challenger Expedition, including as a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. In 2019 I was awarded a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science, complemented by an MSc in Environment, Science, and Society from UCL and a BA in Environmental Science from Boston University.
Before becoming a historian, I worked with environmental and community media organisations on issues including environmental justice and biodiversity. I moved to Britain from the United States in 2011 and enjoyed living in the London neighborhood of Hackney for several years. I now live in Greenwich with my husband and a lovely border terrier named Sparky.
The above photo was taken during a recent visit to Boston, Massachusetts. I loved taking a ferry trip from Long Wharf. The area’s rich maritime history is reflected in the compass rose embedded in the pier.