Jonathan Galka

Jonathan Galka

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Research Interests: History of biology and natural history; history of malacology; deep ocean biology, marine exploration, and marine resources; seabed infrastructures; speculative futures and scientific imagination; material culture of marine exploration; deep and evolutionary time; symbiosis; biological invasion; extreme biology.

Jonathan Galka is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard, and in 2022-2023 he is a visiting scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In 2020-2022 he was a visiting doctoral candidate in the Department of Ecological Anthropology at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He studies the history of biology, geology, and speculative futures with a particular focus on how the relationships between mineralogical and other resources and life in the deep ocean have been imagined, constructed, commodified, and governed between 1870 and the present.

Publications:

with Laurence Bashford. “Terraforming Beautiful China: Island-Building and Chang’E Lunar Exploration in the Making of the Chinese State.” China Beyond China. Special Issue of International Quarterly of Asia Studies (forthcoming 2022).

“Liguus Landscapes: Professional Malacology, Amateur Ligging, and the Social Life of Snail Science.” Journal of the History of Biology, 55 (4; in press).

“Mollusk Loves: Becoming with Native and Introduced Land Snails in the Hawaiian Islands." Island Studies Journal (2022). DOI:10.24043/isj.383

Boulicault, M., Perret, M., Galka, J., Borsa, A., Gompers, A., Reiches, M., Richardson, S. (2021). “The Future of Sperm: A biovariability framework for understanding global sperm count trends.” Human Fertility. DOI: 10.1080/14647273.2021.1917778.

 

Presentations:

Empire & Ooze: HMS Challenger, Pelagic Sediments, and the Production of Resource Frontiers from the Deep Ocean,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting (Lisbon, Portugal, July 2022

Dreissenid Dreaming: On Human Entanglements with Zebra Mussels,” Meaning in Evolution and Ecology working group conference, Yale University (New Haven, CT, May 2021)

“Toward a History and Anthropology of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone,” Department of Ecological Anthropology Seminar, Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague, Czechia, April 2021)

“Mussels, Modernity and the Mobilization of Invertebrate Sensation,” annual meeting of the Joint-Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology (Philadelphia, PA, March 2021)

“Terraforming Beautiful China: Island-Building and Chang’E Lunar Exploration in the Making of the Chinese State,” annual meeting of the Social Studies of Science Society (Prague, Czechia, August 2020)

Previous Degrees:

BA., History of Science & Medicine; Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University 

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