I am a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Auckland with a mixed background in philosophy and biology. 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 areas include the philosophy of biology, general philosophy of science, bioethics and environmental ethics. A lot of my work focuses on experimental microbiology and other areas of inquiry that challenge our ideas about life and its simplest forms. I’m currently thinking, talking and writing about philosophical issues in microbiome research, scientific modelling, astrobiology and conservation biology.
I am co-organizing a national panel advising on social and ethical issues in invasive species management in New Zealand, specifically regarding Predator Free 2050, with funding from the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. You can learn more about the panel’s activities through our information page or this interview. We just released our final report in May 2019, available here.
I am also an executive member of Te Ao Mārama—Centre for Fundamental Inquiry, a new research center in the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland focusing on fundamental questions about life and the universe.
Here is my CV.