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Rochester Institute of Technology, Professor of STS and History
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history of biology, history of environmental sciences and U.S. environmental politics, marine environmental history, maritime history, agricultural history, history of U.S. environmental diplomacy
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About Me

I am a Professor of STS (Science, Technology, and Society) and History at Rochester Institute of Technology, where I teach a variety of courses pertaining to environmental studies and the history of science and technology.

My book Deep Cut: Science, Power, and the Unbuilt Interoceanic Canal will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2020 as part of the Sustainable History Monograph Pilot, and my article “A Two-Ocean Bouillabaisse: Science, Politics, and the Central American Sea-Level Canal Controversy” won the 2019 Everett Mendelsohn Prize for best article published in the Journal of the History of Biology from 2016-18.

My first book, The Oyster Question: Scientists, Watermen, and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay since 1880 (University of Georgia Press, 2009) won the History of Science Society’s Forum for the History of Science in America 2010 Book Prize. I have received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Smithsonian Institution, and am happy to speak on issues regarding the history of Chesapeake oysters, U.S. technoscientific imperialism in Panama, and relations between U.S. environmental science and politics.

Recent Publications

“The Maryland Oyster Aquaculture Transition: Balancing Economics, Ecology, and Equity,” Southeastern Geographer 59 (2019): 40-51

“A Two-Ocean Bouillabaisse: Science, Politics, and the Central American Sea-Level Canal Controversy,” Journal of the History of Biology 50 (2017): 835-887

“Panama Canal Forum: From the Conquest of Nature to the Construction of New Ecologies,” co-edited with Ashley Carse, with contributions by Carse, Keiner, Pamela M. Henson, Marixa Lasso, Paul S. Sutter, Megan Raby, and Blake Scott, Environmental History 21 (2016): 206-287

Reprinted in Spanish as “Foro del Canal de Panamá: De la conquista de la naturaleza a la construcción de nuevas ecologías,” translated by Mónica Kupfer, Ciudad del Saber, Panamá, Revista Panameña de Política, Edición No. 25 (2020),

“How Scientific Does Marine Environmental History Need to Be?” Environmental History 18 (2013): 111-120

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, Panama
Expertise by Geography
Central America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
5, 7, 8
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Food History, Politics, Science, Technology