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've co-written a book about microbial communities with biologist Ford Doolittle for the University of Chicago Press.
I once worked for the incredible Darwin Correspondence Project, where I transcribed letters to and from Charles Darwin's children, and did some general historical sleuthing.
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 biology, philosophy, and history journals, such as: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, eLife, Biology and Philosophy, Ethics Policy and the Environment, and Endeavour (among others).