Ṣiv Watkins, Ph.D
I’m an environmental microbiologist (that’s what my Ph.D is in) and I specialize in examining the activities of microorganisms I am able to find in soils, freshwater and wastewater. Since 2003 I’ve worked in industry, commercial applications and academic research and faculty positions. I’m a co-owner and founder of a biotech business which works to support the health of medicinal plants. I’m currently based in San Francisco CA, where my business is located, and Albuquerque NM, where I make my home with 2.75 feline people and where I have the privilege of learning from and taking care of many horses.
Since 2016 I have been working under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Foor as a student of West African Ifá/Òrìṣà tradition in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé of Òdè Rẹ́mọ, incorporating ancestral reverence and practical animism. All my living family are located on the British Isles and my ancestors way back are mostly Scots/Welsh. I am grateful to live in this place, historically and traditionally home to the Tompiro, Diné and Apache peoples. I became an immigrant to the US in 2018 (although I have lived in New Mexico for some time, and, before that, Chicago).
I have had a lifelong fascination with microbiology and microbes, and the further I progress in my studies the more I realize the way I relate to the smalls is….complicated. And enriching. This website, my project, is designed to explore how, either knowingly or unknowingly, my narrative as a human being can connect with my narrative as a scientist.
My given name is Siobhán, but you can call me Ṣiv (shiv).