Garden Fellows Directory

Garden Fellows are all true experts, academics who believe – like us – that knowledge should be available outside of institutions. They are all fascinating!

Dr. David Shiffman

Dr. David Shiffman has loved sharks since childhood. He is an interdisciplinary marine biologist who studies threatened sharks and how to protect them.

Prof. Adele Diamond

Adele is one of the pioneers of developmental cognitive neuroscience. She's now professor of neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, with a long track record of studying what affects our executive functions like memory and problem solving.

Professor Alex Betts

Alexander Betts is an expert on Refugee Studies and Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Alexandra Crosswell

Alexandra is fascinated by the mind-body connection, and if it's really possible that our minds have power over our cells. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UCSF in the US.

Dr Andrew Steele

Dr Andrew Steele is a scientist and author of Ageless: The new science of getting older without getting old.

Prof. Andy Miah

Andy Miah investigates the ethical, legal, social and cultural questions brought up by technological change. His publications draw on ideas from science, technology, art and media culture.

Prof. Angus Fletcher

Prof. Angus Fletcher runs the world's leading think-tank into how stories work. As Professor of Story Science at Ohio State University, Angus specialises in using art & literature to unlock the neuroscience of human creativity and emotional resilience.

Prof. Ann Phoenix

Ann researches the ways in which psychological experiences and social processes are linked and intersectional. She became fascinated by this topic because people were often treated too simplistically in much psychological work.

Dr Anna Jamieson

Anna Jamieson is an interdisciplinary art historian specialising in visual and material cultures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, with a particular interest in the cultural history of women’s mental illness.

Prof. Anna Abraham

Neuroscientist and psychologist, Anna Abraham, is a world expert on creativity, imagination and the brain.

Dr. Anna Lembke, MD

Anna Lembke is a psychiatrist, author and expert in addiction. Her most recent book, Dopamine Nation, explores xplores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain.

Dr. Anna Machin

Anna started her career as a primatologist in zoos around Europe. Today, she's an evolutionary anthropologist, and is world-renowned for her pioneering work on human love and fatherhood.

Dr. Anna Neima

Anna Neima is a writer and historian, who specialises in the experimental communities that sprang up around the globe in the aftermath of the First World War.

Prof. Anthony Costello

Anthony Costello is Professor of International Child Health and Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health. He trained as a pediatrician and has expertise in maternal and child health epidemiology and programmes in developing countries.

Prof. Antje Boetius

Prof. Antje Boetius is the Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, where she explores previously undiscovered habitats in the deep sea, in particular deep-sea ecosystems below the ice.

Antonella Sorace

Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh & a world expert in bilingualism.

Dr. Arun Advani

Arun Advani is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, UK.

Aviwe Matiwane

Aviwe is a self-described Plant Detective - a palaeobotanist who explores ancient plants from the period before even dinosaurs walked the earth, to find out how they shaped our world. Aviwe is a lecturer at Rhodes University in South Africa.

B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD

In her work at Harvard University, B studies a diverse range of animals to better understand human health challenges, including heart failure, seizures, dementia, infertility, anxiety and eating disorders.

Bill Hayton

Bill has been writing about East and Southeast Asia for over 15 years: for the BBC, for Chatham House and as an independent author. 

Dr. Candice Bridge

Dr. Candice Bridge is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida where she holds a position in the Department of Chemistry and at the National Center for Forensic Science.

Dr Carole Hooven

Carole Hooven is part of Harvard University's Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and the bestselling author of Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us.

Prof. Charles Spence

Professor Charles Spence is an experimental psychologist who researches the factors that influence what we choose to eat and what we think about the experience with the likes of world-leading chefs.

Dr. Christian Busch

Dr Christian Busch directs the CGA Global Economy Program at New York University. Previously, he co-directed the LSE's Innovation Lab and co-founded the Sandbox Network, a global community of young innovators.

Prof. Darrin McMahon

Darrin McMahon is a special kind of historian: a historian of ideas. His work explores how concepts like happiness and genius have changed over time and why.

Professor Dave Goulson

Dave Goulson is a Professor of Biology at the School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex. He has published more than 400 articles on insect ecology and conservation and written 6 popular science books which have been translated into 19 languages.

Prof. David Abulafia

David Abulafia is Emeritus Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University, where he has spent his entire career, and Papathomas Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Dr. David Luke

Described by the tabloid press as a “psychedelic Indiana Jones”, David focuses his research on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics.

Dr David Plans

David's work initially focused on music and artificial intelligence, but when he nearly died of a heart attack, he changed his life. He retrained as a neuroscientist and experimental psychologist, focusing on the effects of burnout on the mind and body.

Prof. Dean Keith Simonton

Dean Keith Simonton, the godfather of creativity, is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California Davis.

Dr Diana Omigie

Dr Diana Omigie holds a lectureship in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, which is also where she runs the Msc course Music, Mind and Brain.

Dr Diane Nelson

Dr Diane Nelson is a linguist at the University of Leeds. Originally from Boston, she studied at Columbia University and then the University of Edinburgh. She discovered linguistics when she read the foreword of her parents’ dictionary at the age of 12.

Professor Dimitris Xygalatas

Professor Xygalatas is an anthropologist and cognitive scientist at the University of Connecticut. He has spent more than two decades studying ritual and is passionate about bringing scientific measurements into real-life settings

Dr. Dionna Williams

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University whose research aims to identify mechanisms by which HIV, drugs of abuse, and the therapies used to treat the virus impact the brain.

Dr. Dorsa Amir

Dorsa is an anthropologically-minded psychologist, whose research explores the impact of culture on the developing mind. She's currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, in the US.

Dr. Easkey Britton

Dr Easkey Britton is a renowned Irish surfer and marine social scientist with a PhD specialising in Human Wellbeing and Coastal Resilience. She contributes her expertise in blue space, health and social wellbeing on international research projects.

Dr. Edie Widder

Edie Widder is one of the world's leading experts in bioluminescence. Her pioneering oceanographic work has included being part of the first team to capture a giant squid on film.

Dr. Emily Zawacki

Dr Emily Zawacki is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Arizona State University working on education, outreach, and communication activities for OpenTopography and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.

Dr Emma Chapman

Emma is an award-winning British physicist and Senior Royal Society Fellow at Nottingham University. She researches the light coming from the very first stars that appeared in the universe, right after the Big Bang.

Dr Eugenia Cheng

Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician, concert pianist and celebrated author.

Prof. Fathali M. Moghaddam

Prof. Fathali M. Moghaddam is both a professor of Psychology at Georgetown University, and the editor-in-chief of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

Prof. Femi Oyebode

Celebrated Professor of Psychiatry, poet and literary critic, Femi Oyebode has many strings to his bow. With over 40 years of clinical experience, he bring his expertise in studying psychoses with his passion for medicine, philosophy and language.

Ferren Gipson

Ferren is an art historian, writer, and textile artist based in London, UK. She is an advocate for art education, and her research areas include modern Chinese art history and topics exploring the crossover between pop culture and art.

Dr Georgina Meakin

Dr Georgina Meakin is a senior lecturer at the UTS Centre of Forensic Science. She investigates the transfer, persistence, prevalence and recovery of DNA and other trace evidence. She is particularly interested in the indirect transfer of DNA.

Prof. Giles Yeo

Giles Yeo. A geneticist with over 20 years’ experience dedicated to researching the genetics of obesity. Giles received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Cambridge.

Prof. Gina Rippon

Gina Rippon has been at the forefront of the study of the brain and gender for many years. A self described feminist, she is an outspoken critic of the (mis)use of neuroscience research to (mis)represent our understanding of the brain.

Dr. Harry Cliff

Dr. Harry Cliff is a leading particle physicist at the University of Cambridge searching for evidence of new particles that could answer some of the biggest questions in modern physics.

Dr Harry Costello

Harry Costello is a clinical academic fellow at University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. His research focuses on the neural and psychological processes underlying depression in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease

Dr. Heather Alberro

Heather studies the relationship between humans, animals and nature and what it would look like for them to live in balance. She's a specialist in global sustainable development and green utopianism at Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

Dr. Heather Berlin

Heather Berlin is a neuroscientist, clinical psychologist, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NY. She explores the neural basis of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Dr. Jack Zipes

Jack Zipes is Professor Emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. His focus on fairy tales has transformed the ways which fairy tales are analyzed.

Dr Jaclyn Schildkraut

Dr Jaclyn Schildkraut is an associate professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Oswego. A national expert on school and mass shootings, her work focuses on policies aimed at prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Dr. James Corke-Webster

Dr James Corke-Webster is a Senior Lecturer in Classics, History and Liberal Arts, and Co-Director of the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies.

Dr. James Fox

James fell in love with art at the age of six and hasn't looked back since. He is now an art historian at the University of Cambridge, a curator, an award-winning broadcaster and the author of bestselling book The World According to Colour.

Dr. Jennifer Cassidy

Dr. Jennifer Cassidy is a leading expert in the cutting edge field of Digital Diplomacy & a Lecturer at Oxford University.

Jennifer Begakis

Jennifer is a historian of capitalism with a focus on corporate finance, investment strategies and post-WWII consumer economies.

Dr. Jessica Riddell

Jessica believes there is a Shakespeare quote for every situation and that Shakespeare can be a guide to understanding modern life.

Professor Jim Fraser

Professor Jim Fraser is a research professor of forensic science and a forensic investigator. He has been involved in hundreds of murder investigations.

Dr John Gallagher

John Gallagher is a cultural and social historian of early modern Britain and Europe, with a particular interest in language, migration, and education.

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon is a British environmentalist and writer, and the Chancellor of Keele University in the UK, with nearly 50 years of work under his belt in the field of sustainable development.

Dr Jordan Dowell

Dr Jordan Dowell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis. He researches how plants deal with pests, pathogens, and more importantly each other.

Prof. Kalwant Bhopal

Kalwant made Social Justice one of her most important pillars. Her research has been used to inform policy making in higher education, particularly the development of the Race Equality Charter Mark.

Dr. Karen Weynberg

Karen Weynberg is a research fellow at the University of Queensland. She researches how to use syntethic biology to develop phage therapy, an alternative to the use of antiobiotics.

Prof Katie Field

Katie is a professor of Plant-Soil Processes. Her research seeks to improve sustainability in agriculture through the potential exploitation of soil microorganisms.

Katy Hessel

Katy Hessel is a brilliant Art historian, curator, broadcaster and writer with a passion for shining a light on the role of women in art. Katy is one of the most vital and exciting voices in the art world, who is bringing new audiences to art.

Dr Kelly E. Dunn

Dr Kelly E. Dunn is an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at John Hopkins University. She researches the mechanisms of opioids effects in order to develop scalable strategies for helping patients with addiction.

Dr Keri Wong

Keri is a developmental psychologist and criminologist. She is Associate Professor and co-Director of the Centre for Education in Criminal Justice System.

Dr. Larry Young

Larry is one of the world's leading experts in social bonding, social attachments and oxytocin - the chemical commonly known as the love hormone, which he explores by studying voles. He's Professor of Psychiatry at Emory School of Medicine in the US.

Dr Lauren N. Whitehurst

Lauren is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky. In her lab, she studies what affects our sleep, and how that in turn affects our waking behaviour.

Prof. Leah Somerville

Leah Somerville is Director of the Affective Neuroscience & Development Laboratory at Harvard University. Her work explores how brain development through adolescence shapes changes in behaviour.

Prof. Lisa Dickson

Dr Lisa Dickson is a professor of in the Department of English at the University of Northern British Columbia where she specializes in Renaissance Literature and Pedagogy. She explores the concepts of critical hope and empathy.

Dr Lucy Arnold

Dr Lucy Arnold, a specialist in contemporary literature at The University of Worcester. She has a particular research interests in contemporary gothic, narratives of haunting, contemporary women’s writing and psychoanalytic criticism

Dr. Lyndon Burford

Lyndon studies the politics, technologies and theories of nuclear disarmament at King's College London in the UK. His PhD thesis looked at the relationship between national identity and nuclear disarmament policy.

Dr Maggie Lieu

Dr Maggie Lieu is a a Research Fellow at Notthingham University interested in galaxy groups and clusters to help us better understand the cosmos.

Dr Malena Rice

Malena is one of the youngest researchers to be offered a position as assistant professor at Yale. Her contributions have brought the field closer to confirming the existence of unseen distant planets and smaller objects.

Dr. Marc Adler

Marc Adler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada.

Prof. Mark Bailey

Mark is currently teaching The Catastrophic Fourteenth Century at the University of East Anglia in the UK, where he's Professor of Late Medieval History. Oh, and he's the only Garden Fellow who's played in the Rugby World Cup.

Prof. Matthew Beaumont

Matthew runs the Cities Imaginaries project as part of UCL's Urban Lab, where he looks at the metropolitan city in literature.

Dr. Michael A. Yassa

Michael A. Yassa is a professor in the departments of Neurology, Neurobiology, Psychiatry, and Psychological Science at UCI. He uses cutting edge neuroscience tools to understand learning and memory in healthy and diseased brains.

Dr. Mikki Brock

Mikki Brock is Associate Professor of History at Washington and Lee University, whose passion is researching demonology, witchcraft and Scottish history. She's The Garden's resident expert on things that go bump in the night.

Dr Naomi Woo

Dr Naomi Woo holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She has also studied mathematics, philosophy and music at Yale College, the Yale School of Music and Université de Montréal.

Prof. Nathaniel Knight

If you need to know about the history of Russia and Eastern Europe, Nathaniel is your man. He's Professor of History at Seton Hall University in the US, but he also lived in the Soviet Union during the breakup of the USSR, giving him on-the-ground insight.

Pardis Mahdavi

Pardis Mahdavi, PhD is the Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of Montana. She has published six single authored books and one edited volume in addition to numerous journal and news articles.

Prof. Paul Oyer

Paul Oyer is a Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business and an avid sports fan.

Prof. Raghavendra Rau

Prof. Rau is the Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School. His research focuses on how investors and firms acquire and use information.

Dr. Raj Patel

Raj Patel is Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

Prof. Rebecca Earle

Rebecca Earle is a professor of History at Warwick University. She is interested in how ordinary, every-day cultural practices such as eating or dressing, or even using postage stamps, shape how we think about the world.

Prof. Richard Buggs

Richard is interested in the mechanisms of evolution and his lab works on genomic aspects of the evolution and conservation of plants, especially trees.

Dr. Richard Guest

Richard Guest is a professor of Biometric Systems Engineering and the Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Kent. He researches applied artificial intelligence, biometric systems, security, image processing and feature pattern recognition.

Dr Robert Hayes

Dr. Robert Hayes is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University where he teaches Health Physics, Nuclear Waste Management and Radiological Emergency Response.

Prof. Ruth Morgan

Ruth Morgan is a Professor of Crime and Forensic Science at University College London (UCL); Vice Dean of the UCL faculty of Engineering Sciences, and both founder and director of the UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences.

Prof. Ruut Veenhoven

Ruut has been described as "the godfather of happiness studies". He's the director of the World Database of Happiness and a founding editor of the Journal of Happiness.

Dr. Sabah Oney

Sabah Oney is former Chief Business Officer at Alector, Inc. and former Head-Global Sales & Business Development at Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc.

Dr. Samuel J. Mitchell

Dr. Samuel Mitchell is a volcanologist and his main research focuses on volcanic eruptions in our oceans, and the impacts they have on society and aquatic environments.

Prof. Sara Seager

A pioneer in exoplanet research, Professor Sara Seager is a leading light in planetary science, a passionate science communicator and a best selling author.

Dr Saskia Vermeylen

Dr Saskia Vermeylen is a socio-legal property scholar, with an eclectic range of research areas, from how Indigenous Peoples approach property, to ownership in works of African Futurism and science fiction.

Professor Simon Kirby

Simon Kirby is Professor of Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh and an elected Fellow of the British Academy, Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Cognitive Science Society.

Dr Stephen Cave

Stephen Cave is a philosopher, diplomat, academic and writer.

Dr Victoria Williamson

Dr Victoria Williamson is an independent scholar and consultant with a passion for understanding the psychology of music. She seeks to explain how music is processed by the brain and the ways in which music impacts on our minds, behaviours and wellbeing.

Dr. Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith is an acclaimed researcher on organizational behaviour and a world expert on how paradoxes, uncertainty and creative tension can lead to innovation.

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