fellows 2014-15Animal Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
Liv Baker is an animal welfare scientist with a focus on wildlife conservation. She is interested in the interface of the often-compartmentalized disciplines of animal behavior, conservation and welfare. She has looked at the effects of habitat fragmentation on animal movement and survival, and how an animal's perception of its habitat affects its movement choices. She has also been involved in an initiative to use animal welfare science methodology to understand the impact of management protocols on baboons in South Africa. Liv is currently interested in understanding how personality and variation in life experience affect an animal's ability to cope with the stressors of conservation interventions. She has an M.Sc. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed her Ph.D. in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia. Menakka and Essel Bailey '66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment Joseph Smolinski was born in St. Paul, MN, and lives and works in New Haven, CT. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the University of New Haven. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally in group exhibition venues that include Diverse Works in Houston, TX; MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; the McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; The Cleveland Institute of Art; and the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT. Solo exhibition venues include Swarm Gallery in Oakland, CA; Seton Gallery at the University of New Haven, CT; Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT; and ArtSpace in New Haven, CT. His work has been discussed in Art in America, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Art Papers, among other publications. In 2012, he was awarded an artist fellowship from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts and an artist resource trust grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.Associate Professor of History and Science in Society and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Jennifer Tucker is a social and cultural historian, focusing on British visual history, history and theory of photography, and the historical relationships among science, new visual technologies and civic society. Her research explores several historical sites where the production and circulation of visual representations became important within science, popular culture and now - the law. (Tucker, Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science, 2006/pbk 2013; and “Identity in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: The Great Tichborne Trial in the Victorian Visual Imagination,” ms completion date: Nov. 1, 2014). This year she is beginning a new project that traces the historical roots of the use of visual evidence in environmental practice, regulatory policy and law. “Science Against Industry” examines the role of photographs and other visual exhibits used in the scientific investigation of chemical air and river pollution during the second half of the nineteenth century – years that witnessed the passage of the world’s first environmental regulations (e.g. the Rivers Pollution Prevent Act 1876) designed to regulate hazardous waste from modern chemical factories. Drawing upon hundreds of visual representations (drawings, engravings, photographs, graphs, and films) found in British archives and libraries, this research addresses current questions that lie at the heart of several fields and disciplines, including environmental history, public policy and law, Victorian studies, science and technology studies, and modern British history art and visual culture: How, and with what historical consequences, have environmental lawyers, scientists and activists conveyed their ideas graphically? On what complex conditions and activities does the meaning and use of representations and visual displays in legal proceedings depend? How has the introduction of new visual technologies affected the practices of environmental legal and policy decision-making? The findings from this research will be presented this year at conferences in Germany, China, and Russia and at the "Victorian Sustainabilities" conference at the University of Kent and submitted for publication in summer 2014.