Beth Kidd is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Science at UCL’s Science and Technology Studies Department, in partnership with the Royal Society. She also holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in English from Magdalen College, Oxford, where, in receipt of an Ertegun Humanities Scholarship, she specialized in botanical literature and plant taxonomy of the seventeenth century. At UCL, using archival material from the Royal Society, her research examines how expenditure on early science was justified and critiqued according to shifting moral, commercial, and cultural norms, with a particular focus on natural history collecting. She was a recent participant in the Plant Humanities Summer Program at Dumbarton Oaks.