Curriculum vitae


Expertise

  • Areas of specialization
    • Vertebrate Paleontology
    • Philosophy of Paleontology
    • History of Evolutionary Theory
    • Philosophy of Science
  • Areas of competence
    • Analytic Paleobiology
    • Phylogenetics
    • History of Science
    • Logic
    • Metaphysics
    • Ethics

Education

  • Master of Science in Paleontology
    • University of Oregon (Expected 2019)
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy
    • The Graduate Center, City University of New York (May 2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts with High Honors
    • University of Virginia (May 2003)
  • Continuing Education
    • Columbia University School of Continuing Education (September 2009 - May 2011)
    • American Museum of Natural History Southwest Research Station (July 2010)

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    • Linfield College (Fall 2014 - Present)
  • Full-time Lecturer
    • Lehman College, City University of New York (Fall 2010 - Spring 2014)
  • Online Lecturer
    • Newbury College (Spring 2009)
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow
    • College of Staten Island, City University of New York (Fall 2004 - Spring 2007)

Publications

  • De-extinction and the Conception of Species
    • Biology and Philosophy doi:10.1007/s10539-018-9639-x (2018)
  • The Extinction and De-Extinction of Species (with Helena Siipi)
    • Philosophy & Technology doi:10.1007/s13347-016-0244-0 (2016)
  • The Extended (Evolutionary) Synthesis Debate: Where Science Meets Philosophy (with Massimo Pigliucci)
    • Bioscience doi:10.1093/biosci/biu062 (2014)
    • Editor's Choice June 2014
  • The Value of Public Philosophy to Philosophers (with Massimo Pigliucci)
    • Essays in Philosophy doi:10.7710/1526-0569.1491 (2014)

Works Under Review

  • Crossed Tracks: MesolimulusArchaeopteryx, and the Nature of Fossils

Works in Progress

  • GRIWM Analysis of Late Quaternary Megafaunal Extinctions in Western North America
  • Small Carnivorans from the Late Hemingfordian Hawk Rim, Oregon
  • Whither Benjamin? A Tasmanian Wolf's Perspective on the Nature of Extinction
  • Book proposal: "Dinosaur Philosophy"

Book Reviews

  • The More Things Change, The More Things Change: Conceptual Change in Biology Edited by Alan Love
    • Metascience doi:10.1007/s11016-015-0016-y (2015)
  • Addressing Darwin's Dilemma: Eternal Ephemera by Niles Eldredge
    • Bioscience doi:10.1093/biosci/biv128 (2015)
  • Dawkins Vs. Gould by Kim Sterelny
    • Evolution: Education & Outreach doi:10.1007/s12052-008-0034-y (2008)
  • Living With Darwin by Philip Kitcher
    • Evolution: Education & Outreach doi:10.1007/s12052-008-0040-0 (2008)

doctoral thesis

  • Systematics and the Selection of Species

Conference Presentations

  • Crossed tracks: Taxa and parataxa in paleontology
    • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2017 Meeting
  • What, if anything, is a Tyrannosaurus rex?
    • Species in the Age of Discordance conference, University of Utah (2017)
  • Metaphysical ambiguities in paleontology
    • Philosophy of Science Association 2016 Meeting
  • De-extinction and the conception of species
    • International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Study of Biology 2015 Meeting
  • Species selection and the individuality thesis: Lessons in ontology from a Tasmanian wolf
    • International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Study of Biology 2013 Meeting
  • Divergence in Darwin and Divergence from Darwin
    • Philosophy and Theory in Biology Young Investigators' Symposium (2013)
  • The Potential and Peril of Faculty-Fellow Interaction (with Stephanie Jeanjean and Carl Lindskoog)
    • WID/WAC at CUNY Conference 2009
  • Commentary: Virtue and the Conditionality of Benefit
    • Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference, CUNY Graduate Center Department of Philosophy (2007)

Talks

  • Ancient Oregon: Where the Dinosaurs Didn't Roam
  • Dinner with Dinosaurs
  • Fuzzy Logic: Assessing the Evidence for Dinosaur Feathers
  • Dinosaur Philosophy

Service to Linfield College

  • Student Activities
    • iFocus Instructor (Fall 2018)
    • AHA! Instructor (Fall 2015 - Present)
    • Philosophy Club Faculty Advisor (Fall 2014 - Present)
    • Philosophy of Science Learning Community (Fall 2017)
    • First-year Colloquium Advisor (Fall 2015 - Spring 2017)
    • Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society Faculty Advisor (Spring 2015 - Spring 2017)
  • Committees
    • Presidential Transition Team (Spring 2017 - Fall 2018)
    • Student Policies Committee (Fall 2015 - Spring 2017)
    • Institutional Review Board (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
    • Religious Studies Faculty Search Committee (Fall 2015)
    • Linfield Online Liaison (Fall 2014 - Spring 2016)

Service to the discipline

  • Conference Organization
    • Philosophy and Theory in Biology Young Investigators' Symposium (2013)
  • Peer Reviewer
    • Philosophy and Biology (2018)
    • Evolutionary Biology (2016)
    • Philosophy and Theory in Biology (2010)
    • Evolution: Education and Outreach (2009)

Nontechnical Writing

  • Pop Culture and Philosophy Essays
    • "Can the Zillo Beast Strike Back? Cloning, De-extinction, and the Species Problem" in Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy
    • "Superman and Man: What a Kryptonian Can Teach Us About Human Nature" in Superman and Philosophy
    • "All For One and One For All: Mogo, the Collective, and Biological Unity" in Green Lantern and Philosophy
  • Blog Contributions
    • Extinct
    • Scientia Salon
    • Rationally Speaking
  • Other
    • Introduction to Dinosaurs by M.K. Reed and Joe Flood
    • "Making Sense of Scientific Facts" in Yamhill County News-Register

Outreach

  • McMinnville Thought Laboratory organizer and discussion leader
  • Center for Inquiry Long Island Philosophy Group discussion leader