I work in art and I work in science - generally about the ways interactions shape species, often about the interactions between humans and other-than-humans.
My scientific work looks at the role of epigenetics and transposable elements on the rapid evolution of insect pests, whose evolution is largely driven by human activity (farming, spraying insecticides, changing the climate). Insecticide resistance is a prime example of rapid evolutionary change brought on by humans - and provides us with an ideal “natural” experiment to examine. I integrate data science, bioinformatics, and a variety of genomic and statistical tools to answer questions about how insects evolve.
My art explores the interactions between humans and other-than-humans, by highlighting the commonalities of form shared by ships and whales, by wondering about the ways we shape each other; through domestication, eating each other, and changing each others experience of the world, increasingly through extinction. Some of my recent projects focus on the entanglements between whales and humans, and the ways in which how we experience the lives of others through art may shape our attitudes and behaviors. I also think about how art can be framed as a conversation between artist and material, especially work that uses the bodies of others as medium: wood, paper, cloth, bone, and glue.