Gene Cittadino's main teaching and research interests lie in understanding and interpreting the historical and present role of scientific knowledge in our culture. He was trained broadly in the history of science, philosophy, history, and the natural sciences, especially ecology and evolutionary biology. His courses explore the intellectual, social, and cultural contexts of the generation and uses of scientific knowledge. Before coming to NYU, he taught or held research positions at Harvard University, Brandeis University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Wisconsin, MIT, and SUNY Potsdam. He is the author of Nature as the Laboratory , a study of the influence of Darwinism and colonialism on early ecological research in Germany, and he is currently completing a book on the history of ecology. Professor Cittadino has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, MIT, and the National Science Foundation. His current research project involves a study of resource policy, Native American rights, and the use of environmental scientists as experts in an early 20th-century legal dispute over valuable oil land. Over the past several years, he has been involved in workshops, symposia, and conferences aimed at understanding the interaction of science and cultural values in the shaping of environmental policy.