Kamil Ahsan

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PhD Student
Research Areas: 
Environmental history; coral reefs; history of biology; pacific history


I’m a doctoral student in the History of Science and Medicine (HSHM) program. I’m particularly interested in environmental history and the history of coral reef sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prior to Yale, I received a BS in Biology from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, an MA in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (CHSS), and a PhD in Developmental Biology both at the University of Chicago. For the former, I combined my evolutionary-developmental (evo-devo) biology training to think about narratives of the evolutionary and environmental history of coral research through a multi-scalar approach across many different ways of looking at coral by ‘zooming out’ from the genomic and cellular scales, to the developmental, evolutionary Earth systems science and/or ocean chemistry scales. My current research goal is to form a methodology that allows different forms of knowledge to talk to one another for a historical narrative of coral reefs, while historicizing the work that allows for such a narrative to be possible.