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. student in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard, and in 2020-2021 he is a visiting doctoral candidate in the Department of Ecological Anthropology at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He studies the history of biology, technology, 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, and governed between 1860 and the present. He also maintains an active interest in the lives and histories of snails and their non-molluscan relations. Prior to joining the department, he was a Fulbright researcher in Kuala Lumpur working on the uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV among transgender communities and sex worker communities.


Around the World in Pursuit of (Vanishing) Sperm,” Harvard GenderSci Lab Blog, 2021.


Sex, Gender, and Deep Space: Lessons from Earthly Anxieties Reproduced Past 100 Kilometers (Or, Who Gets to Take Up Space?)” Harvard GenderSci Lab Blog, 2020.



“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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