|Valerie A. Olson|
|Rice University Research Associate ► Webpage|
|University of Houston Adjunct Professor|
|Ph.D., Rice University 2010|
Environment and ecology; extreme environments; environmental biomedicine, science, technology, and operations; experimental ecologies; ecological imaginaries; the future; cosmologies; expertise; ethics; United States; Europe; Latin America.
|American Extreme: an ethnography of astronautical visions and ecologiesProject funded by: the National Science Foundation, Rice University, an National Space Biomedical Research Institute internship, and a Rice University Humanities Research Center Dissertation Writing Fellowship.|
|Selected related publications|
|2010. The ecobiopolitics of space biomedicine. Medical Anthropology 29:2. Pp 170 - 193|
|In press. Doing something about Near Earth Objects: the emerging environmental politics of the solar system. In Bringing STS Into Environmental History (forthcoming).|
NOAA Seagrant (2010 - 2011): An Ethnography of Expert Explanatory Models of the Deepwater Horizon Well Blowout. Compares three expert explanations of the disaster's causes and consequences; examines the contentious political ecology of the Gulf of Mexico's subsurface.
|Contact valeriao at rice dot edu|
|photo courtesy NASA|
Top: Inside Johnson Space Centerís Bioregenerative Planetary Life Support Systems Test Complex (BIO-plex)
Bottom:† JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa on the Carpenter Basin seafloor during NASA NEEMO 13 mission