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Nina Elkadi

Nina Elkadi is a post-baccalaureate fellow in the Plant Humanities at Dumbarton Oaks. She received her undergraduate degree in History of Science at Harvard University. Her senior thesis, The Farmers Knew, argued that U.S. farmers knew the harms of DDT in the immediate postwar era. She is interested in the intersection of climate change and agriculture, and at Dumbarton Oaks is researching the ever-changing value and cultural importance of the soybean.


A photograph of Cyanea pohaku from The indigenous trees of the Hawaiian Islands (1913)

Cyanea Pohaku: The Plant Discovered Right Before Extinction

Cyanea pohaku, the extinction of which can be traced to human interventions in the environment, was gone before we had a chance to really study it.