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I began my PhD at the University of St Andrews in September 2021 under the supervision of Professor Aileen Fyfe in the School of History and Dr James Purdon in the School of English. My project, funded by the St Leonard’s World-Leading St Andrews Doctoral Scholarship, investigates questions of knowledge creation and communication concerning agriculture and food security in Canada, New Zealand, and the United States through a case study of the crop disease Fireblight between the years 1880-1939.

 

I first came to St Andrews in 2016, when I began my undergraduate degree in History. I graduated in 2020 with First-Class honours and the Dean’s List Award. I then embarked on my MLitt degree, also at St Andrews, focusing on transnational history and the history of science, graduating with a Distinction and the Dean's List Award in 2021.

 

In addition to my studies at St Andrews, my interest in the history of agriculture and plant science was fostered by my extra-curricular work with the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) at the University of York. While at CNAP, I conducted in-depth research into environmental pollution caused by explosives, focusing mainly on the United States. This was shared with project collaborators at the Cold Regions Research & Environmental Laboratory, US Army Corps of Engineers. More recently, I collated data and developed a report around the use of transgenic plants to remediate explosives-contaminated land, and the likelihood of the deregulation of these plants by the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). This white paper report was sent to an agency of the United States Department of Defence (ESTCP) who were funding the project.

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MO1008 Themes in Late Modern History

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