I am a philosopher with a mixed background in philosophy and science. I'm currently a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Auckland. Before coming to New Zealand, I grew up in Seattle, got my BA at Reed College, spent four years in Italy working for a synthetic biology company, and completed my PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.
My research addresses philosophical questions about scientific inquiry and methodology. One central theme I focus on is how different methodologies (like experiments, models, and computer simulations) work together to generate scientific knowledge. Another is how studying microbes, and even simpler biological systems, shapes our knowledge of living things in general and of life itself. I pursue these interests in a variety of projects spanning the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, history of science, and bioscience ethics, concentrating especially on experimental microbial evolution and areas of inquiry that challenge our ideas about life and its simplest forms (like synthetic biology, astrobiology, artificial life, and research on the origin of life).
Here is a link to a PDF of my full CV.