I am a Historian of Science with a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from University College London. I specialize in the contemporary history, philosophy, and sociology of paleontology, ancient genetics, ancient genomics, and de-extinction (think Jurassic Park science). My research also overlaps with work in science communication studies, media studies, and celebrity studies. Throughout my career, I have been trained in paleontology and genetics, in both the field and the lab, and I continue to work closely with scientists in order to understand the practice of science in action. Specifically, I am interested in the interplay between science and the media. I use historical and archival methods, as well as original interviews with scientists, to explore the rise of celebrity culture with regards to how scientific practice and communication are in turn influenced by it. Currently, I am a Research Adjunct in the History of Science Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. I am writing my first book, Ancient DNA: The History and Celebrity of a Science in the Spotlight, under contract with Yale University Press.
E-mail: <elizabeth.jones.13 [@] alumni.ucl.ac.uk>