About me

I am a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Biology at Duke University. I received my doctorate in philosophy from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2020.

My research is primarily in the philosophy of biology. It focuses on topics like biological individuality, species, and both modern and historical accounts of teleology. Currently, I’m working with Dan McShea on developing a new approach to understanding goal directed systems that we call field theory. My other work considers developments in synthetic biology, biological concepts like bio-indeficiency, and various areas of biotechnology to determine how these alter the metaphysical underpinnings of concepts like reproduction, species, and lineages. My broader philosophical interests extend to the history and philosophy of science, environmental ethics and ancient philosophy. 

Prior to my academic endeavors, I managed a non-profit domestication project in Alaska aimed at creating a sustainable form of northern agriculture. These days, beyond philosophy, I tinker with old motorcycles and attempt to get vegetables to grow in a garden. And having grown up climbing in Alaska, I remain an avid mountaineer when time allows. I currently reside in western Massachusetts with my wife, son and our two dogs.