Research Interests: History of environmental monitoring; legal assimilation of biological and environmental data; history of 20th century biology; scientific collaborations between New Zealand and the United States; history of environmental, biological, and meteorological IGOs and cooperative ventures; history of ecology/phenology; history of wildlife conservation and animal welfare; history of carbon dioxide measurement.
Ashton Macfarlane is a JD/PhD student at Harvard Law School and the History of Science Department, where his research focuses on the history of environmental science and law in the 20th century.
He is particularly interested in environmental monitoring efforts, biological narratives of climate change, and the evolution of data-intensive environmental litigation. He has previously worked on the history of phenology—or the study of biological time—and its use as a climate change indicator in the 20th century. Current projects include the history of the United States Clean Air Act, New Zealand-United States collaboration in carbon dioxide monitoring during the late-1960s and 1970s, and the 20th century development of biological and non-biological techniques for tracking global change.
AB., Integrative Biology, History of Science, Harvard University