Tracey Heatherington tracks global gene banking initiatives

Faculty member Tracey Heatherington was recently awarded a Post-Ph.D. Research Grant by The Wenner-Gren Foundation. Her ethnographic research project, “The Lively Commons: Seed Banking and Adaptation to Climate Change,” tracks global gene banking initiatives across scales and networks of collaboration, connected through the node of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It will follow particular seeds, and the various meanings and values attached to them, through different physical, social, legal and institutional locations and mediations, mapping out the variety of partnerships and perspectives that materialize along the way.