Field Experience
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My first job started out as a volunteer gig at Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, California. I was 16 years old, and Dr. Donald R. Strong took a chance on a kid with no experience who was willing to work for free during the summer of 1999. When September rolled around, I had to head back to Davis to finish high school—and Don gave me a job in town, in his plant genetics lab at UCD. I returned to BML to work in Don's on-site soil ecology lab during the following summer and for two more summers after that.




Master's Degree
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I began working on a master's degree in the Philosophy Department at San Diego State University in September of 2005. I took classes in the evening, while continuing to work at the Salk during the day. My master's thesis was titled "Biological Individuality and the Unit of Selection" and I was very fortunate to work with a committee of Dr. Mark Wheeler, Dr. Thomas Weston, and Dr. Brian H. Spitzberg. I graduated with honors in May of 2007.




Professorship
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In August of 2015, I became an Assistant Professor in the wonderfully stimulating and collegial Philosophy Department at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.




Undergraduate Studies
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I moved to San Diego and started college in September of 2000. I was a biochemistry / chemistry double major for much of my time at UCSD. Eventually Dr. Jay Odenbaugh introduced me to philosophy of biology, and I was hooked. Together with Dr. Steven Shapin, Jay helped me to create an individual major in Philosophy of Life Science—a major that combined my scientific education with courses in philosophy and sociology of science. I graduated in June of 2004, hoping to pursue a graduate degree in philosophy of science.




Doctoral Studies
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In September of 2007 I joined the philosophy department and the science studies program at UCSD. My doctoral work focused on the individuation and classification of complex biological and chemical kinds. Together with the help of a committee of Dr. William Bechtel, Dr. Nancy Cartwright, Dr. Craig Callender, Dr. Cathy Gere, and Dr. James Griesemer, I produced a dissertation entitled "Biochemical Kinds and Selective Naturalism" and graduated in March of 2014.




Curriculum Vitae
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That's it for my education and employment history!
Please see my CV for a more detailed, non-illustrated version of my professional background. 




Laboratory Work
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Thanks to my prior experience and the kindness of members of Dr. Ronald M. Evans' gene expression lab, I got a job at the Salk Institute during my freshman year of college.  Except for my summers spent at BML, I worked at the Salk for about six and a half years—from February 2001 through September 2007.  I started out part-time and moved to a full-time position after graduating from college.  I kept that position during my master's education at SDSU, and left only once it was time to begin my PhD work back at UCSD.




Postdoctoral Research
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After getting my PhD, I spent an incredible 17 months as a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. From May of 2014 through June of 2015, I was immersed with anthropologists, botanists, geologists, and zoologists in the museum's Integrative Research Center. My interdisciplinary work on holotype, homology, and species concepts was kindly and expertly supervised by Dr. Olivier Rieppel and Dr. Scott Lidgard.




The End
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