Derek J Skillings
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bordeaux/CNRS where I work on the philosophy and biology of holobionts, symbiosis, microbiomes, and biological individuality. I (will soon) have a PhD in philosophy from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Prior to attending The Graduate Center, I received a Ph.D. in zoology and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
My philosophical research interests include philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, environmental ethics, and American pragmatism. My biology research has focused on phylogeography, phylogenetics and evolutionary ecology. My philosophy dissertation research focuses on causal-mechanical explanation in biology. I also have ongoing research projects focusing on speciation and species concepts, holobionts and the individuation of organisms, and a more speculative project that advocates for a process-centric view of biological phenomena.