NATALIE KOFLER, PHD
Founder and Director
Natalie is a molecular biologist with a deep love for science and our shared planet. During her postdoctoral training at Yale University she actively used CRISPR technology to study the mammalian cardiovascular system. In 2016, however, while attending a talk on conservation biology at the Yale School of Forestry she became intrigued by the use of gene editing to solve environmental issues. That's when she began asking questions like Could the emerald ash borer be genetically altered to save American ash trees? Would Mother Nature approve of such changes? How do we ask? In 2017, she founded Editing Nature to help navigate the technical, ecological, and ethical complexity of such questions and ensure gene editing technologies are used to the benefit, and not detriment of our planet. She is now a leading voice for the advancement of inclusive science and integrated deliberation models.
Natalie has authored numerous scientific research articles, reviews, and commentary pieces, chaired international seminars and summits, served on expert panels, and contributed to UN mandated documents. Her work has been highlighted by The New York Times, Science, Nature, NPR, CBC Radio, Pacific Standard Magazine, and National Geographic. She lectures at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She served as the resident scholar in sustainability a the University of Illinois, a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center for Bioethics, and is an affiliate scholar at the Yale Program in Biomedical Ethics. She received her PhD in cellular, molecular, and medical biosciences and MS in human nutrition and metabolic studies from Columbia University and her BS in human anatomy and cell biology from McGill University.
With a background in evolutionary biology, ecology, art, and design, Amey use multimedia storytelling and science communication to explore our relationship with the natural world. She is interested in how scientific information influences our cultural understanding of who we are, the ways we can relate, and how those stories shape the futures we are able to imagine. She has been a research fellow in comparative cognition working with fish and kea at The University of Auckland Animal Minds Lab, New Zealand, and will be studying for a Master's at University of Oxford in cognitive and evolutionary anthropology in 2021.
AMEY YUN ZHANG
From chickens to American chestnuts, Morgan loves trying to see the world through the lenses of different living creatures, as well as exploring human worldviews across cultures. She believes that through sharing, listening, and understanding comes empathy and creativity; this belief is the foundation through which she strives to build community at Editing Nature. She hopes to help people bridge perceived disciplinary and experiential gaps through exploring human relationships to land. With an academic background in ecology and ethnobotany, as well as professional experience in education, she is currently enrolled in a Master of Landscape Architecture program at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Outside of Editing Nature, one of her favorite professional experiences has been helping design interactions between children and ant eaters while working at the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation.
Kristy Myles has a deep respect and appreciation for nature and our collective relationship with it. She brings this appreciation to her work at Editing Nature where she works collaboratively on developing transdisciplinary, more-than-human research projects and content. Using her training in both the natural sciences and the interpretive social sciences, Kristy aims to create spaces that acknowledge and incorporate multiple perspectives as we create, and make decisions about, genomic technologies.
Kristy has worked on projects for Genome Canada, contracts for the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, and is affiliated with Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)-CREATE program for Genome Editing for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability (GEFSES).
Transdisciplinary Research Lead
Clementine Rice is a senior at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California. The catalyst of her interest in CRISPR and other gene-editing technologies began with an investigation into Glaucoma, which runs in her family. It is her desire to contribute to inclusive discussions about the potential benefits and ethical implications of editing human and nonhuman nature. She enjoys the intersections between history, science, and literature as they are all reflections of what makes us human. She has taken courses in science and writing at Harvard University and Columbia University. Her work has been published in The Concord Review, the foremost journal for high school history papers. She has volunteered at the Washington D.C. campus of National Geographic. She has studied during the summer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has written an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. After a readthrough at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York City, she directed a production of the adaptation with an all-female cast. She will be a first year at Yale University next year as a part of the class of 2025.