I'm a philosopher of the sciences with a background in scientific practice. That is, I studied and worked in various sciences before becoming a philosopher. Now I do work in the philosophy of biology, philosophy of chemistry, philosophy of science, and other aspects of science and technology studies. I also work on issues in biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, and research ethics. My general philosophical approach is to apply carefully gathered knowledge of scientific cases and practices to my own and others' assumptions about metaphysics, epistemology, and value. And I like to do occasional work in non-traditional aesthetics, for a bit of philosophical fun.
I have a BA in Philosophy of Life Science, an MA in Philosophy, and in March of 2014 I obtained a PhD in Philosophy and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego. My dissertation work explored the individuation and classification of biological and chemical kinds. I am currently the philosopher-in-residence at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where my principal mandate is to help initiate the museum's Conceptual Foundations of Science project, in part by contributing to aspects of the philosophical and scientific work on species concepts. Following my residency at the Field Museum, I will join the Philosophy Department at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan as an Assistant Professor.
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