As an interdisciplinary philosopher of science, I work on issues surrounding the human-natural distinction (e.g., should that distinction matter for biology or policy?) and about ecological function and health (e.g., what does it mean for an ecological system to be healthy?). I draw on a wide range of methods in philosophy of science, history of science, science and technology studies, environmental ethics, and philosophy of medicine.
I am currently also a project leader for the McDonnell Initiative at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, MA. We focus on facilitating collaborations between history and philosophy of science researchers and life scientists with the aim of transforming the research of both fields through interactions and the co-production of knowledge. To this end, I help organize workshops, like the History of Biology seminar at the MBL, and I'm co-writing a book about ecological regeneration with biologist Ford Doolittle for the University of Chicago Press.
Before coming to Mount Allison, I was an Assistant Professor at Brandon University. Prior to this I completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of British Columbia under the historian and philosopher of biology, John Beatty. I followed my doctoral work with a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Harvard University in the Department of the History of Science and a Visiting Assistant Professorship and SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. I then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, working under the supervision of the molecular biologist Ford Doolittle.
My work has been published in Biology and Philosophy, Perspectives on Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), eLife, Ethics Policy and the Environment, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science, Endeavour, Journal of Molecular Evolution, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, and Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology. See my research and teaching pages for more information.
Department of Philosophy
Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick
Canada, E4L 1G9