I am a postdoctoral associate in the Biology Department at Duke University and I currently work on the Complexity and Teleology Project, funded by the Templeton Foundation.
My research is primarily in the philosophy of biology. This research focuses on biological individuality, species and both ancient and modern accounts of teleology. I consider how recent developments in synthetic biology, studies on functional immortality and other similar areas of empirical research alter our understanding of certain biological concepts like reproduction, lineages and species. My broader philosophical interests extend to environmental ethics, general philosophy of science and ancient philosophy.
I currently reside outside Albany NY with my wife Anna and our two dogs. Having grown up in Alaska, I’m a outdoors enthusiast and avid mountaineer. And, prior to my academic endeavors I managed a non-profit domestication project aimed at creating a sustainable form of northern agriculture.