With a background in literature and journalism, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the gap between public ideas of science and how scientists think about their own work. 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.
University of Cambridge History and Philosophy of Scie 2020
Yale University English, Creative Writing 2013