Associate Professor, Liberal Arts (2005). BS, 1995, Juniata College; PhD, 2004, Duke University. Publications: Current Biology;  Interdisciplinary Science Reviews; Evolution & Development; Biological Theory; International Studies in the Philosophy of Science; Insectes Sociaux; Liberal Education; The American Biology Teacher; Gastronomica. Exhibitions: BankART NYK, Yokohama; Sullivan Galleries, Chicago; Work Gallery, Ann Arbor; SPACES, Cleveland. Invited Talks: Kalvi Frontiers of Science; Wake Forest University; University of Illinois Chicago; ASU-MBL Woods Hole; Northwestern University.

Experience at SAIC

Being at SAIC is like taking part in a gigantic swap meet of ideas, things, and relations constantly made anew.

Personal Statement

"Form, like nature, is one of the most complicated words in the English language. Form is about shape, number, figure, beauty, making, ritual, image, order, cause, relationship, kind, conduct, and character. 'To have good form' describes a way of doing something that is at once about ethics, technics, and practice."
  —Donna Haraway, Crystals, Fields, and Fabrics (2004)

My work develops along hybrid spaces and in hybrid forms. I have trained in the biological sciences (Duke University, PhD) as well as the visual arts (Lesley University College of Art & Design, MFA). With this background, I explore the space between disciplines as well as across them, examining the ways in which we negotiate our intimate and troubled relationship to "nature" in theory and practice.

My projects take various forms, including academic papers, talks, installations, and zines, with the venues ranging from journals (Biological Theory; Leonardo; Gastronomica), exhibitions (BankART Yokohama, Japan; The Worldy House at Documenta 13), and talks (National Academy of Sciences; College Art Association).

I teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including first year writing seminar, biology courses in the Liberal Arts department, as well as advising graduate students. I also co-lead SAIC study trips to Japan on science, technology, and society themes and in studio art.

Current Interests

Current interests include: shaped stones,  Robert Hooke,  mayflies, Annabelle Sabloff,  human crystals, Simon Starling, analogies, Rinko Kawauchi, near-Earth objects, Jakob von Uexküll, scientific models, Barbara Marie Stafford, sea urchin embryos, Bruno Latour, honeycombs, Robert Smithson, string figures, and the role of liberal arts in art & design education.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.