Curriculum vitae


Expertise

  • Areas of specialization
    • Philosophy of Paleontology
    • History of Evolutionary Theory
    • Philosophy of Science
  • Areas of competence
    • Scholastic Philosophy of Science
    • 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

  • "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 biu062 (2014)
  • "The Value of Public Philosophy to Philosophers" (with Massimo Pigliucci)
    • Essays in Philosophy 15 (1): 86-102 (2014)
  • "Systematics and the Selection of Species"
    • Doctoral thesis (2013)

Works Under Review

  • "De-extinction and the Conception of Species"

Works in Progress

  • "What, if anything, is a Tyrannosaurus rex?"
  • "Whither Benjamin? A Tasmanian Wolf's Perspective on the Nature of Species"
  • Book proposal: "Dinosaur Philosophy"

Book Reviews

  • "The More Things Change, The More Things Change: Conceptual Change in Biology Edited by Alan Love"
    • Metascience (Forthcoming)
  • "Addressing Darwin's Dilemma: Eternal Ephemera by Niles Eldredge"
    • Bioscience (Forthcoming)
  • Dawkins Vs. Gould by Kim Sterelny
    • Evolution: Education & Outreach 1: 231-233 (2008)
  • Living With Darwin by Philip Kitcher
    • Evolution: Education & Outreach 1: 229-230 (2008)

Conference Presentations

  • "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

  • "Dinner with Dinosaurs"
  • "Fuzzy Logic: Assessing the Evidence for Dinosaur Feathers"
  • "Dinosaur Philosophy"

Service

  • Student Activities
    • First-year Colloquium Advisor (Fall 2015)
    • Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society Faculty Advisor (Spring 2015 - Present)
    • Philosophy Club Faculty Advisor (Fall 2014 - Present)
  • Committees
    • 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)
  • Conference Organization
    • Philosophy and Theory in Biology Young Investigators' Symposium (2013)
  • Peer Reviewer
    • 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