Sharon Kingsland


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Sharon Kingsland received her PhD in 1981 from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. She has been at Johns Hopkins since then. She is co-editor with Mott Greene of the Johns Hopkins Introductory Series in History of Science, and is associate editor for the Springer series Archimedes: New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. She chairs the Historical Records Committee of the Ecological Society of America. Her research ranges across many topics in the history of modern life sciences, with emphasis on the history of ecological science.

My current research project is on the history of ecology and environmental problems in the immediate postwar period, both in the U.S. and internationally. My focus in this project is on physiological ecology and the relationship between ecology and agriculture, the design of new laboratories for environmental sciences, analysis of emerging environmental problems such as photochemical smog, and the relationship of environmental to molecular sciences.


[Edited volume]. Denise Phillips and Sharon Kingsland, eds. New Perspectives on the History of Life Sciences and Agriculture, Archimedes 40. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2015.

D. Phillips and S. Kingsland, "Introduction," New Perspectives on the History of Life Sciences and Agriculture, pp. 1-8. Springer, 2015.

"Ecological Science and Practice: Dialogues across Cultures and Disciplines," in R. Rozzi et al., eds. Earth Stewardship, Ecology and Ethics 2, pp. 17-26. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2015.

"Learning to Value Ecosystem Services," Solutions for a Sustainable and Desirable Future 2 (6) (January 2012): 101-106.

"The Beauty of the World: Evelyn Hutchinson's Vision of Science," in David K. Skelly, David M. Post, and Melinda D. Smith, eds. The Art of Ecology: Writings of G. Evelyn Hutchinson, Yale University Press, 2010, pp. 1-9.

"The Role of Place in the History of Ecology", in Ian Billick and Mary Price, eds. The Ecology of Place: Contributions of Place-based Research to Ecological and Evolutionary Understanding, University of Chicago Press, 2010, pp. 15-39.

"Frits Went's Atomic Age Greenhouse: The Changing Labscape on the Lab-Field Border," Journal of the History of Biology 42(2009):289-324.

"Maintaining Continuity through a Scientific Revolution: A Rereading of E. B. Wilson and T. H. Morgan on Sex Determination and Mendelism," Isis 98(2007):468-488.

[Book] The Evolution of American Ecology, 1890-2000. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

[Ecological Society of America, committee report]. M.A. Palmer, et al. "Ecological Science and Sustainability for the 21st Century", Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 3(2005), 4-11. [Summary of Report by Visions Committee of the Ecological Society of America, Margaret Palmer, chair].

"Conveying the Intellectual Challenge of Ecology: An Historical Perspective," Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2(2004), 367-74.

[Book] Modeling Nature: Episodes in the History of Population Ecology. 2nd edition, University of Chicago Press, 1995 [first edition, 1985].

"Designing Nature Reserves: Adapting Ecology to Real-World Problems," Endeavour 26(2002), 9-14.

"Creating a Science of Nature Reserve Design: Perspectives from History," Environmental Modeling and Assessment, 7(2002):61-69.

"Neodarwinism and Natural History," in Science in the Twentieth Century, ed. John Krige and Dominique Pestre (Harwood Academic Publishing, 1997).

"Economics and Evolution: Alfred James Lotka and the Economy of Nature," Natural Images in Economics, ed. Philip Morowski (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

"An Elusive Science: Ecological Enterprise in the Southwestern United States," in Science and Nature: Essays in the History of the Environmental Sciences , ed. Michael Shortland (British Society for the History of Science, 1993).

"The Battling Botanist: Daniel Trembly MacDougal, Mutation Theory, and the Rise of Experimental Evolutionary Biology in America, 1900-1912," Isis 82 (1991), 479-509.

"Toward a Natural History of the Human Psyche: Charles Manning Child, Charles Judson Herrick, and the Dynamic View of the Individual at the University of Chicago," The Expansion of American Biology, ed. Keith R. Benson (Rutgers University Press, 1991).

"Defining Ecology as a Science," in Foundations of Ecology: Classic Papers with Commentaries, ed. L. A. Real & J. H. Brown. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 1-13.

"Evolution and Debates over Human Progress from Darwin to Sociobiology," in Population and Resources in Western Intellectual Traditions, ed. Michael Teitelbaum & Jay M. Winter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989, pp. 167-198. Also published as a supplement to Population and Development Review 14(1988). Abridged version published in Human Well-Being and Economic Goals, ed. Frank Ackerman et al., Island Press, 1997.

"A Man out of Place: Herbert Spencer Jennings at Johns Hopkins University, 1906-1938," American Zoologist 27(1987), 807-817.

"Mathematical Figments, Biological Facts: Population ecology in the thirties," Journal of the History of Biology 19(1986), 235-256.

"Raymond Pearl: On the frontier in the 1920s," Human Biology 56(1984), 1-18.

"The Refractory Model: The Logistic Curve and the History of Population Ecology," Quarterly Review of Biology 57(1982), 29-52.

"Abbott Thayer and the Protective Coloration Debate," J. Hist. Biol. 11(1978), 223-244.