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 wrote her M.A. thesis 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.
Timothy Perkins, M.A. Student
TJ’s research interests included in philosophy of science, especially biology and paleontology.
Steven Ross, M.A. Student
Steven is writing his thesis on normativity in science.
I am accepting new Ph.D. and M.A. supervisees at the University of Calgary. Please contact me if you are interested. Information about applying to the University of Calgary Philosophy graduate program can be found on the department page. [link to department site]
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 argue that contingency produces a plurality of individuals in selection, as well as types of major events in evolution.
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 [more]
Former students / Postdocs
Former Graduate Students
William Bausman, Ph.D., 2015
“Neutral Theory, Biased World” (sole-advisor)
From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Geneva (Geneva, Switzerland) [department profile]
Niall Roe, M.A., 2015
“History and Philosophy in Peirce’s Conception of Science” (co-advised with Mark Migotti)
Law Student, Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS; Canada)
Bart Moffat, Ph.D., 2008,
“Situating Biological Information: The Meaning and Significance of the Concept of Information in Biology,” (sole-advisor),
Associate Professor, Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS; United States) [department profile]
Katie Plaisance, Ph.D., 2006,
“Behavioral Genetics and the Environment: The Generation and Exportation of Scientific Claims,” (sole-advisor),
Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON; Canada) [department profile]
Toben Lafrancois, Ph.D., 2006,
“Taxonomic Resolution in Ecology,” (sole-advisor), Assistant Scientist, St. Croix Watershed Research Station of the Science Museum of Minnesota (United States) [link]
Christopher Eliot, Ph.D., 2004,
“Exceptions Make the Rules,” (sole-advisor)
Associate Professor, Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY; United States) [department profile]
Carl Chung, Ph.D., 2000,
“Essence, Variation, and Evolution: An Analysis of Ernst Mayr's Distinction between ‘Typological’ and ‘Population’ Thinking,” (co-advised with John Beatty),
Philosophy Instructor (permanent faculty), Century College (Minneapolis, MN; United States) [Academia]
Kevin Lattery, Ph.D., 1999,
“The Epistemology of Experimental Systems in Biological Research,” (sole-advisor)
Vice President of Methodology and Innovation, Maritz Research (Minneapolis, MN; United States) [LinkedIn]
Roberta Millstein, Ph.D., 1997,
“The Chances of Evolution: An Analysis of the Roles of Chance in Microevolution and Macroevolution” (co-advised with John Beatty),
Full Professor, the University of California, Davis (Davis, CA; United States) [personal site]
Former Postdoctoral Fellows
Lauren N. Ross, Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2016
Assistant Professor, University of Irvine LPS (Irvine, California; United States)
Marcel Weber, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1996-1997.
Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Geneva (Geneva, Switzerland). [department site]