I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Philosophy of Science. My research examines biology’s attempts to understand the complexity of life. I ask what these attempts teach us about the nature of scientific investigation, and I analyze how theories of biological complexity are applied (and misapplied) to problems of environmental ethics and policy.
My dissertation work analyzed the theoretical significance of developmental plasticity and extra-genetic inheritance in evolution and explored the epistemic difficulties of resolving debates about the status of these concepts in evolutionary theory. These days, I am thinking about (a) public understanding of science and (b) scientific methodology surrounding underdetermination and ecological intervention.
It is important to me to connect my research to the real world. In the past, that has meant teaching philosophy to under-served high school students. Right now, it means growing a community science initiative in the Galápagos Islands.
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