MEGHAN M. SHEA

Researching the human and scientific dimensions of marine environmental DNA

Meghan is a PhD candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources at Stanford University, where she studies how to best use environmental DNA (eDNA)—little bits of DNA left behind by organisms in their ecosystems—for marine biodiversity monitoring. Her interdisciplinary approach blends science & technology studies and ocean sciences, drawing on her dual training as a social scientist and engineer. Working from the archives to the laboratory to the field, she advances eDNA tools while interrogating their social context and epistemic implications. Prior to her PhD, she received an MPhil in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and a BS in Environmental Systems Engineering from Stanford.