Mr Mike Rayner

Post:Research student (History)
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Mike is the Network Facilitator for a collaborative research network run by the Centre of World Environmental History (CWEH) on the Botanical and Meteorological History of the Indian Ocean World. Through this role, he was involved in coordinating the 2016 exhibitions: Joseph Dalton Hooker: Botanical Trailblazer and the Botanical Heritage of India, in collaboration with Kew and the Botanical Survey of India; and Empire and the Environmental Heritage of India, in collaboration with the British Library and the National Museum of Natural History, Mysore. He has also been involved in a project to restore the nineteenth century house of William Roxburgh in the AJC Bose Botanic Garden for use as an interdisciplinary research centre. 

As a Research Associate for Professor Vinita Damodaran, he has researched extensively into the archives of the Indian Botanist E.K. Janaki Ammal. He has compiled annotated transcriptions of her complete correspondence with C.D. Darlington, in collaboration with Vinita Damodaran, which is due to be published in the near future. His research has also been used for an article for the Journal of Genetics on her relationship with the British Geneticists J.B.S. Haldane and C.D. Darlington, and an exhibition on her life, which is currently touring Indian institutions. He has provided research for Vinita Damodaran and Rohan D’Souza for the general introduction to a forthcoming volume on Environmentalism and Forestry in the Commonwealth.


Doctoral Researcher, Department of History

Research Associate, Centre of World Environmental History

Network Facilitator, Centre of World Environmental History


Current:        PhD History, University of Sussex

2014-2015:   MA Cognitive Science, University of Sheffield

2008-2011:   BA Theology, University of Exeter