Hello! I am a historian of modern science with special interests in the history of geographical exploration, the environmental and life sciences, and the physical and earth sciences. My current research focuses on Charles Darwin’s early career and on the history of coral reef science. My first book, Darwin’s Evolving Identity, will be published by the University of Chicago Press.
I received my PhD in history of science from Princeton University in 2009. Immediately before coming to Vanderbilt I was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University and manager of the U.S. office of the Darwin Correspondence Project. Before that I was a Smithsonian Institution postdoctoral fellow.
At Vanderbilt I teach courses on the history of science, science and empire, environmental history, and the history of exploration. Along with my colleague Ole Molvig I coordinate the Science Studies at Vanderbilt group.
My full CV is available here: Sponsel AW_CV 2017