I started my doctoral studies in September 2013. My PhD project deals with contemporary popular science, with a particular focus on popularizations of physics and astronomy. Modern science presents us with deep conceptual, imaginative, emotional, and social challenges. There is a kind of "reality–imagination" gap with which popularizers must deal. I study ways in which mainstream popularizers attempt to bridge that gap. This includes narrative form, wonder and awe, and finding existential meaning in the scientific project itself. I use biocultural theory as my theoretical framework.
I am also very interested in climate change and the Anthropocene, both in fiction and nonfiction. There is a fundamental reality–imagination gap here too, but of a slightly different kind. Both have existential import, but whereas cosmology deals with origins, climate change deals with potential and actual demise (for humans and nonhumans alike).
I am currently a visiting scholar at UC Santa Barbara.