Herbaria 3.0 emerged as a collaborative effort of environmental humanities scholars, scholars of science pedagogy, and plant biologists to contemplate the role and meaning of plants in an era of rapid climate change and species displacement. Each member of the team is passionately dedicated to exploring relationships in the natural world.
Herbaria 3.0 has been generously funded by the Seed Box: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory hosted at Linköping University, in Linköping, Sweden, with additional funding provided by the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines, USA. As one of the inaugural grant recipients of the Seed Box’s call for “seed money,” Herbaria 3.0 joins 15 other projects and over 40 scholars worldwide in advancing environmental humanities research of relevance to Sweden and beyond. A full list of projects and grant winners can be found on the Seed Box’s website, www.theseedbox.se.
Tina Gianquitto is an associate professor of literature at the Colorado School of Mines, where she teaches courses in literature and the environment, American literature, literature and the history of nineteenth-century science, especially the emergence of evolutionary thought and Darwinism. She is currently writing a book that examines the influence Darwin’s plant studies had on galvanizing responses to evolutionary theory in the U.S. in the late 19th century. She has written on women, nature and science, as well as on Darwinian botany, and, in a different vein, Jack London. Contact: tinagian [at] mines [dot] edu
Lauren LaFauci lives and works in Linköping, Sweden, where she is completing a book manuscript on the related histories of racial formation and environment in the pre-Civil War United States. Lauren holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught in the areas of American Studies and Environmental Humanities at several colleges and universities in the United States, Germany, and Sweden. She is currently assistant professor in environmental humanities in the Department of Gender Studies at Linköping University.
Contact: lauren [dot] e [dot] lafauci [at] liu [dot] se
Dawn Sanders an associate professor at Göteborgs Universitet. Her doctoral dissertation (Sussex University, 2004) examined the educational role of botanic gardens. Increasingly, humans are an urban species. This demographic shift has implications for both individual and collective perceptions of nature. The world can no longer afford our citizens to see “nothing” when they look at plants, the basis of most life on earth. I believe plant-based learning has a critical role to play in contemporary life. Dawn was a Co-PI on the original funded project.
Contact: dawn [dot] sanders [at] gu [dot] se
Maura C. Flannery was a Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at St. John’s University in New York until her recent retirement. She has a B.S. (Marymount Manhattan College) and M.S (Boston College) in biology as well as a Ph.D. in science education (NYU). For 30 years she wrote the “Biology Today” column for The American Biology Teachers. Maura was a Carnegie Scholar (2000-2002) and is the author of two books and many articles dealing with biology and biology teaching. She has had a long-term interest in the visual aspects of biology and particularly in herbaria: their history, their uses, and their future.
Contact: flannerm [at] gmail [dot] com
Terry Hodge is a graduate research assistant at the University of Wisconsin- Madison pursuing a M.S. in Horticulture. After earning earning his B.A. in Environmental Science and French from Simpson College in 2012, he spent four years teaching, traveling and working abroad. Terry’s current research interests involve conducting organic tomato variety trials, establishing participatory plant breeding programs, addressing social justice issues related to farming, and exploring the fascinating and complex relationships that exist between plants and people.
Contact: thodge [at] wisc [dot] edu