My research in the history and philosophy of science focuses on conceptual and methodological issues in ecology and evolutionary biology. I'm currently writing about the human-natural distinction, ecological health, the theory of evolution by natural selection, and regeneration (those topics having more to do with one another than you might expect). My research is problem-driven, rather than discipline-driven, and so I employ a wide range of methods in philosophy of science, history of science, science and technology studies, environmental ethics, and philosophy of medicine.
I'm currently a project leader for the McDonnell Initiative at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, MA. We focus on facilitating collaborations between humanities 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 microbial community evolution and 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 at the University of British Columbia under the historian and philosopher of biology, John Beatty. I've held postdoctoral or visiting positions at Harvard University (Department of the History of Science), the University of Pittsburgh (Department of History and Philosophy of Science), and at Dalhousie University (Departments of Philosophy and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).
My work has been published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy, Perspectives on Science, 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.
Department of Philosophy
Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick
Canada, E4L 1G9