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Senior Lecturer in Modern and Environmental History, University of Bristol

I am an international expert in the field of environmental history, specializing in the history of relations between people and more-than-human animals.
My PhD was completed in the field of environmental history, and charted the animal histories of Britain's oldest surviving provincial zoo - the Bristol Zoo. This is the subject of my first book, The Wild Within. I have published extensively in the fields of environmental history, animal history and history of science. I am now working on a history of the 'wild night' across 19th and 20th century Britain and North America.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Modern and Environmental History, University of Bristol
  • 2014–2018
    Teaching Fellow in Modern History, University of Bristol


  • 2014 
    University of Bristol, PhD History


  • 2022
    Dark Trails: Animal Histories Beyond the Light of Day, Environmental History
  • 2022
    Dark Degenerations: Life, Light and Transformation Beneath the Earth, 1840-1900, ISIS
  • 2021
    Frogs and Feeling Communities: A study in the History of Emotions, Environment and History
  • 2018
    The Wild Within: Animal Histories of a Landmark British Zoo, University of Virginia Press
  • 2016
    In Sight, Insane: Animal Agency, Captivity and the Frozen Wilderness, Environment and History

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Dark-dwellers as more-than-human misfits
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • European Society for Environmental History
  • American Society for Environmental History