Daniella McCahey
(Photo provided by Daniella McCahey)

I am a historian whose research focuses on the history of science in Antarctica. I received my PhD in 2018 from the University of California, Irvine for research on the Ross and Falkland Islands Dependencies during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58), a project that I am currently revising into a book. Besides this book project, I have conducted research on gender history in Antarctic field sites, the histories of Antarctic volcanology and botany, Antarctic whaling, and the history of South Georgia. I have presented my research on the Antarctic at many conferences around the world, including the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research.

I first became interested in Antarctica because I was interested more broadly in how science is conducted in extreme environments-places where humans would not live otherwise. I also liked the idea of studying a place, like many other extreme environments, where national boundaries-what belonged to who-were unclear. This interest was fostered during my PhD research, including a stint as a visiting researcher at Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. I am currently a lecturer in the history of science and European history at the University of Idaho, but I am also extremely interested in outreach on polar issues.

In 2017, I was a Climate Action Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. Also in 2017, I was a Research Fellow for the Bowers Museum of Orange County, providing programming and K-12 educational assistance for their temporary exhibit on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The same year I consulted for the Polar Museum in Cambridge’s temporary exhibit on the International Geophysical Year, where my research on geological fieldwork during the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition was featured in one section. Finally, I am currently guest co-curating an exhibit on the history of Antarctica for the Mystic Seaport Museum in CT, USA. 

Publications: 

McCahey, Daniella, and Simon Cole. “Human(e) Science? Demarcation, Law, and ‘Scientific Whaling’ in Whaling in the Antarctic.” The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law: Daubert Special Issue 15 (May 29, 2015).

Contact information:

Email: dmccahey@uci.edu

Twitter: @farsouthhistory

Website: https://www.uidaho.edu/class/history/faculty-staff/daniella-mccahey