Elizabeth A. Scott is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity and the newest member of the HGIS Lab at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an historian of the Modern British World specializing in histories of poverty, migration, health, and the environment. Her postdoctoral project Taking Root: Commodities, Environments, and Migration in the Nineteenth-Century British Crown Colonies of Ceylon and the Straits Settlements will examine the relationship between London’s industries, staples trades, migration, and environmental change under the supervision of Dr. Jim Clifford, Department of History. The project hinges on two case studies in Ceylon and the Straits Settlements. Using current historical and digital research methodologies, including use of the Trading Consequences database, the case studies will examine how British workers, planters, gardeners, farmers, and writers worked in conjunction with the Royal Botanical Gardens in Ceylon and the Singapore Botanic Gardens to transform large sections of these colonies into vast monoculture plantations.