Amelia Urry

Amelia Urry

  • Scholar-elect
  • United States
  • 2020 PhD History & Philosophy of Science
  • Darwin College

The history of climate change will shape its future. An avid reader from a young age, I understood the power of stories to change our worldview, and the starring role that science plays in many of these stories. After studying English literature and poetry at Yale, I spent five years reporting on climate science and the environment as a journalist in Seattle. As I explored the gap between public ideas about science and how climate scientists thought about their own work, I came to see uncertainty not as a byproduct of ignorance but as an aspect of scientific knowledge itself. My PhD will build on this idea through a history of climate science in Antarctica, a continent frequently depicted as a 'blank' for science to fill in. The past half-century of scientific attempts to map, measure, and model the seventh continent have led to the current "deep uncertainty" in IPCC projections of sea-level rise. The efforts to confront uncertainty in Antarctic oceans and ice sheets form an important chapter in the still-unfolding history of climate science, and I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to carry out this work as a member of the Gates community.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge History and Philosophy of Scie 2020
Yale University English, Creative Writing 2013