Awards and Honors

  • Travel Funds for Workshop on Reconceiving and Explaining the Success of Science (2016) - $4,000
  • Mellon Fellowship (2012-2016) - $30,000 at $6,000 per year.
  • CUNY Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship (2012-2016) - $90,000 at $18,000 per year.
  • The National Academy of Sciences Grant for Travel (2011) $1,800
  • University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Jesse D. Kay Research Grant for Graduate Research (2010) - $10,000
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Arts and Sciences Student Research Award Grant (2009) - $2,000
  • Pacific Science Intercongress Student Travel Grant (2009) - $2,000
  • National Academy of Science Sackler Colloquia Student Travel Grant (2009) $600
  • International Biogeography Society Travel Grant (2009) $500
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2006)
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato Biology Department $1,000 Grant for Undergraduate Research (2006)
  • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Traineeship in Marine Biology and Population Genetics (2005)
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Grants Two $1,000 dollar grants for research in biology and philosophy (2005)
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato – Alliss Foundation Scholarship (2004-2005)



Curriculum Vitae

downloadable version here.

Research Experience

  • 2012-2013 Research Assistant, CUNY Graduate Center
  • 2007-2012 Research Assistant, ToBo Lab, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology Population Genetics 
  • 2007-2009 Research Diver, NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Research Expedition


Current Position

Postdoctoral Researcher. (2016 - Present) University of Bordeaux/CNRS

Education

  • Ph.D. Philosophy. The Graduate Center, CUNY (2016)
    • Dissertation: Aspects of Biological Explanation
    • Advisor: Peter Godfrey-Smith
    • Committee: Massimo Pigliucci, David Papineau, Catherine Wilson, Justin Garson


  • Ph.D. Zoology. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2012)
    • ​​Dissertation: Islands, Archipelagos, and Beyond: Population Genetics and Phylogeography of Hawaiian Coral Reef Echinoderms
    • Advisor: Rob Toonen
    • Committee: Brian Bowen, Charles Birkeland, Andy Taylor, Ron Bontekoe


  • M.A. Philosophy. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2012)
    • ​Advisor: Ron Bontekoe

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  • B.A. Open Studies: Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy. Minnesota State University, Mankato (2006)

​​Professional Service

  • Journal Referee: European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Biology & Philosophy, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Journal of Marine Biology, Journal of Heredity, Bulletin of Marine Science, Conservation Genetics
  • Workshop Organizer – Interdisciplinary Workshop on Holobionts, https://www.immuconcept.org/holobiont-workshop/ (Bordeaux, Nov 2017)
  • Workshop Organizer - Bordeaux-Geneva Colloquium in Philosophy of Biology (Geneva, Oct 2017)
  • CUNY Curriculum Committee (2016)
  • Session Organizer - Aspects of Biological Organization. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (2015)
  • Seminar Organizer - Minorities and Philosophy (MAPs) Seminar Series (2015)
  • CUNY Philosophy Graduate Program Admissions Committee (2015)
  • University of Hawaii Zoology Department Graduate Student Representative (2007-2008)
  • Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics, a short course co-hosted by the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity and Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology - January 7-20 (2007)

​​Presentations and Invited Talks


  • 2017 Biological Individuality. 3rd Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop on Philosophy of Biology. Bidart. In Nov.

  • 2017 Holobionts and Individuality. Interdisciplinary Workshop on Holobionts. Bordeaux. In Nov. 
  • 2017 A Framework for Individuation and Individuality in Biology. University of Geneva (invited talk).
  • 2017 Lineage Integration and Units of Selection. Australian National University (invited talk).
  • 2017 What are Holobionts? - A Case Study for Hard Problems about Biological Individuality. Can Biological Practice Inform Metaphysics Workshop. Cologne (invited talk).
  • 2017 The Evolution of Host-Microbiome Systems. Immunoconcept Seminar. Bordeaux.
  • 2017 Causal Reasoning in Biology. 2nd Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop on Philosophy of Biology. Bordeaux.
  • 2017 Making Sense of Lineage Integration and Discordance in Host-Microbe Symbioses. Discordance in the Age of Species Workshop. University of Utah.
  • 2016 Immunity, Development, and the Microbiota. Philosophy of Science Association. (poster).
  • 2016 Holobionts and the Ecology of Organisms. City College, Biology Department (invited talk).
  • 2015 Holobionts and the Ecology of Organisms. 2015 PBDB Workshop (invited talk)
  • ​2015 Session Organizer - Aspects of Biological Organization. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.
  • 2015 Complexity, Organization and Life in the Philosophy of Sir Kenelm Digby. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.
  • 2015 Ways to be Robust. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology. 
  • 2015 Ways to be Robust. European Philosophy of Science Association.
  • 2014 Mechanistic Explanation of Biological Processes. Philosophy of Science Association. 
  • 2013 A Process Focused Approach to the Species Problem. International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology.
  • 2011 Gateways to Hawaii—Genetic Population Structure of the Tropical Sea Cucumber Holothuria Atra. Pacific Science Inter-Congress
  • 2010 Gateways to Hawaii—Genetic Population Structure of the Tropical Sea Cucumber Holothuria Atra. Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting
  • 2010 Gateways to Hawaii—Genetic Population Structure of the Tropical Sea Cucumber Holothuria Atra. Evolution Annual Meeting
  • 2009 Using the Sea Cucumber Holothuria atra to test Hawaii Connectivity Hypotheses. Pacific Science Interconference (Invited talk and poster)
  • 2009 Using the Sea Cucumber Holothuria atra to test Hawaii Connectivity Hypotheses. International Biogeography Conference (poster)
  • 2008 Using Population Genetics for Marine Conservation – The Story of the Teatfish and the Lollyfish. Minnesota State University, Mankato (invited talk)
  • 2008 Two Sea Cucumbers (Holothuria atra and Holothuria whitmaei) show links between Hawaii and Johnston Atoll. 2008 Hawaii Conservation Conference (invited talk)
  • 2008 Genetic populations structure of a widely distributed tropical species of sea cucumber, Holothuria (Halodeima) atra. 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (poster)
  • 2008 Genetic Population Structure of the lollyfish and the black teatfish in Hawaii. Tester Symposium – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2005 Applying early existential critiques to contemporary themes in American culture Minnesota State University Undergraduate Research Conference
  • 2005 Search for the causative organism of waterfowl deaths at Lake Onalaska Minnesota State University Undergraduate Research Conference
  • 2004 Quantifying tissue degradation in trematode parasites during long-term storage using scanning electron microscopy. Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists (poster)
  • 2004 Quantifying tissue degradation in trematode parasites during long-term storage using scanning electron microscopy. Minnesota State University Undergraduate Research Conference (won best poster)