CURRENT RESEARCH GROUP
Ananya Chattoraj, Ph.D. Student
Ananya’s research interest are in scientific modeling, their uses, how they represent, and their relations to theories. Ananya received her M.A. at the University of Waterloo. Her M.A. thesis was on the use of models in physics.
Brian J Hanley, Ph.D. Candidate
Brian’s research takes an alternative approach to the problem of causal selection. He looks at how scientists and engineers reason about causal situations, how they distinguish among causes, and what principles they use when selecting among causes. He aims to develop a new account of causal selection in term of how causes are used toward different purposes, and apply it to reconceive traditional problems of causation. [link to department profile]
Timothy Perkins, M.A. Student
TJ’s research interests include philosophy of science, especially biology and paleontology. TJ wrote his undergraduate honor’s thesis with me on the use of mechanisms and pathways in ecology.
Oliver Lean, From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics Postdoctoral Fellow
Oliver’s research takes an evolutionary view of human perception, thought and language, and explores its implications for foundational issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of science. In particular, he explores to what extent the Darwinian view of these phenomena necessitates some form of pragmatism about their contents – whether in a limited or a global sense. [more on Oliver's research]
Alison K. McConwell, From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics Postdoctoral Fellow
Alison’s research examines the implications of evolutionary contingency for different topics in philosophy of biology and medicine. She argues that contingency produces a plurality of individuals in selection, as well as types of major events in evolution. In another project concerning the nature of cancer, she investigates structural differences among cancer types and how medical interventions inform cancer classificatory practices. [link to department profile]
“TeamCalgary!” Research Group
My students and I meet weekly with former students, postdocs, and international scholars to discuss philosophy, professionalism, and ways to improve our work.
William Bausman, From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Geneva
Will was my Ph.D. Student at the University of Minnesota. Will’s research analyzes the scientific reasoning at work in the ongoing controversy about the neutral theory of community ecology.
Janella Baxter, From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota
Janella’s research investigates the nature of biological practice, causal explanation, and biological possibility by studying technological successes of biologists.
Marie I. Kaiser, Assistant Professor for Philosophy of Science at the University of Bielefeld, Germany
I met Marie when she visited the University of Minnesota as a graduate student. Marie’s main research interests are the philosophy of biology, the general philosophy of science, and the metaphysics of biological practice.
Lauren N. Ross, Assistant Professor, University of Irvine LPS
Lauren was an Eye's High Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary from 2016-2017. Her research concerns explanation and causation particularly in the areas of biology, neuroscience, and medicine.
Ereshefsky Research Group
I work closely with Dr. Marc Ereshefsky and his research group.
Marc Ereshefsky, Professor of Philosophy, University of Calgary; Co-Investigator, From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics [personal site]
Soohyun Ahn, Ph.D. Student, University of Calgary [like to department profile]
Celso Neto, Ph.D. Student, University of Calgary [link to department profile]
Sinan Sencan, Ph.D. Student, University of Calgary [link to department profile]