Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the Department of Geography at the University of Washington, where I study nature-society relations in the Anthropocene. I completed my Ph.D. in May 2014 at Ohio State University. My dissertation, A Strangely Familiar Forest: Conservation Biopolitics and the De-Extinction of the American Chestnut Tree, considered the broader political economic implications of de-extinction projects, which aim to re-animate and restore extinct or functionally extinct species using genetic engineering and selective breeding. I specifically focused on the ongoing restoration of a blight-resistant American chestnut tree.

Please check out my CV to learn more about my research and teaching interests. I can be reached by email at biermc@uw.edu.