Dr John Lidwell-Durnin

  • Agricultural and environmental sciences
  • Heredity and eugenics
  • Citizen science and public participation

My previous research examined how scientific authorities and institutions employed the public as a source of evidence, particularly in support of theories on the laws of heredity. During the 19th century, arriving at an understanding of the laws of hereditary transmission was one of the most pressing goals of scientific enquiry, with applications and consequences in agriculture, medicine, and the family.  My forthcoming monograph explores the importance of compilation and diffusion to medicine and agriculture during this period, and the crucial role played by the public in producing evidence and experimentation.

I am currently developing a project on the global environmental history of soil, which will explore the anxieties that resulted from mining, deforestation, and changing agricultural practices near the close of the 18th century.

  • The threat to global food security from wheat rust: ethical and historical issues in fighting crop diseases and preserving genetic diversity

  • Cultivating famine: data, experimentation and food security, 1795–1848

  • William Benjamin Carpenter and the Emerging Science of Heredity

  • Inevitable Decay: Debates over Climate, Food Security, and Plant Heredity in Nineteenth-Century Britain

  • The production of a physiological puzzle: how Cytisus adami confused and inspired a century’s botanists, gardeners, and evolutionists





Authority of Nature

Histories of Madness and Mental Healing in a Global Context

The Scientific Movement in the 17th Century

Social Media