Mary Sunderland

Postdoctoral Scholar

Lecturer, College of Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Office for the History of Science and Technology
Affiliation period: January 2009 - December 2014
Degrees Ph.D. Biology, Biology and Society :: Arizona State University (2008)
M.Sc. Medical Science :: University of Toronto (2003)
B.Sc. Zoology, Philosophy :: University of Toronto (2001)

Research Areas

History of twentieth century life sciences; history of science in the US; science and engineering ethics education


Mary's work involves two interdisciplinary, collaborative projects. The first project traces the history of Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) as a window to evolutionary biology during the twentieth century. The second project focuses on engineering ethics education in Berkeley’s College of Engineering. Questions about the relationship between education and research focus her work on these diverse topics.

She taught “History of Science in the US” (Hist 138 and 138T) in the Department of History and later a new course of her own design in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, “Ethics, Engineering, and Society” (E 125).


Sunderland, M. E. 2012. Collections-Based Research at Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, forthcoming.

Sunderland, M. E. 2011. Teaching Natural History at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. The British Journal for the History of Science doi:10.1017/S0007087411000872, 1–25.

Sunderland, M. E. 2011. Morphogenesis, Dictyostelium, and the Search for Shared Developmental Processes. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 42: 508–517.

Sunderland, M. E. 2010. Regeneration: Thomas Hunt Morgan’s Window into Development. Journal of the History of Biology 43: 325–361.

Robert, J. S. R., Sunderland, M. E., Ankeny, R. and Maienschein, J. 2008. Correspondence: Response to Commentators on “The ethos and ethics of translational research.” American Journal of Bioethics 8: W1–W3.

Maienschein, J., Sunderland, M. E., Ankeny, R., and Robert, J. S. R. 2008. The ethos and ethics of translational research. American Journal of Bioethics 8: 43–51.

Xu, S., Sunderland, M. E., Coles, B. L. K., Kam, A., Holowacz, T., Ashery-Padan, R., Marquart, T., McInnes, R. R., and van der Kooy, D. 2007. The proliferation and expansion of retinal stem cells require functional Pax6. Developmental Biology 304: 713–721.

last updated: November 20th, 2017