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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Research Associate

Harriet Mercer is a Research Associate on the Making Climate History project, where she is helping to reveal the stories of the diverse range of actors involved in producing climate knowledge over the last 200 years. She has a particular interest in the changing ways atmospheric data has been collected, analysed, and represented over time. In her PhD thesis, for instance, she showed how trees have long been treated as archives of past climatic information. In her most recent publication, she examined the impact of gender on the collection and interpretation of atmospheric data. She works across disciplinary boundaries and welcomes interdisciplinary collaborations.


Twitter: @HarrietJMercer


Research interests

Environmental history; climate history; global history; settler colonial history; gender history; history of science; historical geography.


Selected publications

'Atmospheric Archives: Gender and Climate Knowledge in Colonial Tasmania', Environment and History vol. 27, no. 2 (2021)