MICROBES & FERMENTATION
In my current PhD research I am investigating whether novel fermentation practices at some leading restaurants and flavour innovators in Copenhagen are creating new microbial ecologies and evolutionary histories through their pursuit of new flavours.
With colleagues at MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, I am extending these experiments to be run on the International Space Station to see if this highly specific environment gives rise to new microbial ecologies and evolution.
AGRICULTURE & LANDSCAPE POLITICS
Studying how human societies past and present shape their landscapes for food production, who gets to decide where cultivation and domestication are at work, and why it matters, is an ongoing project.
I investigated these ideas in my Master's thesis, on indigenous cultivation and conservation politics in the Canadian Pacific Northwest (publication forthcoming).
Together with a colleague I have explored domesticatory practices around the tradition of rearing edible wasps as a delicacy in central mountainous Japan.
In my forthcoming PhD thesis I will offer multispecies revisions to domestication theory appropriate for life in the Anthropocene.
While working with Nordic Food Lab, I guided research projects involving a range of neglected and underutilised products of the Nordic region, including wild plants, insects, sea creatures, and fermentations. Then and since I have offered culinary research and development consultation from Denmark to New Zealand. If consultation is of interest to you, you are welcome to get in touch.
With a past project for Nordic Food Lab, I explored the gastronomic diversity and potential of insects around the world, and their implications for sustainability.