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From Collection to Cultivation



Erinn Campbell is a PhD student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Her research on phytosanitary practices in California (1954–1985) is supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust. Her project aims to explore how continual, large-scale, multi-governmental efforts to manage the spread of tephritid fruit flies—serious agricultural pests capable of devastating California’s major crops—were grounded in the routine, even mundane daily practices of border inspectors, government scientists, labourers, and bureaucrats.

For more on Erinn's doctoral project, 'Predicting Pests: Building Global Networks to Anticipate Plant Pest Invasions, 1950–2020', visit her project page here.