A Natural History of Data:

Measuring U.S. Weather from 1820-Hurricane Sandy

A Natural History of Data tells the story of data's rise to power as a concept and practice within grassroots environmental communities across the United States over the last two centuries. I chart the evolution of data collection and visualization practices from the 1847 Smithsonian Institution Meteorological Project to NASA’s 2012 GOES-14 satellite.


This book expands understandings of data within the field of the environmental humanities by positioning data as an everyday concept and cultural practice shaped by the communities who interface with it. Portions of this book have been published in American Literature and The Journal of American History.