Etienne Benson is an assistant professor in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from MIT's Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society in 2008 and has been a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He works at the intersections of environmental history, the history of science and technology, and animal studies. His book Wired Wilderness: Technologies of Tracking and the Making of Modern Wildlife (2010) focused on the impact of surveillance technologies on wildlife management and wilderness preservation in the United States in the late twentieth century. He has also published on the history of global infrastructures of environmental monitoring, the legal regulation of endangered species research, and the origins of the urban squirrel. He is currently working on a history of (the idea of) the environment.