What do we do?

Theory of Developmental Evolution and Complex Adaptive Systems

Developmental evolution is a recent transformation of evolutionary biology (with a deep history) that establishes evolutionary biology as a mechanistic science, one that grounds explanations of phenotypic evolution in a detailed understanding of the developmental mechanism that generate phenotypes in the first place (during ontogeny and governed to a large part by the regulatory genome). (Read more...)

Computational History & Philosophy of Science (cHPS)

We use a variety of computational tools and techniques to aid historical and philosophical study of the life sciences. The rapidly declining cost of computing power and the increasing availability of both primary and secondary materials in digital formats makes it possible to translate historical and philosophical questions into computationally tractable ones. (Read more...)

History & Philosophy of the Life Sciences

Our work in History and Philosophy of Science focuses on various themes and topics in 20th and 21st century life sciences. We are mainly interested in understanding past and present conceptual and epistemological transformations. We are investigating a number of case studies as well as mapping the long term trends in the the history of biology. In both kinds of projects we are applying computational and big data approaches (see Computational HPS). A central goal of our work is direct engagement with the sciences and scientists, both within the lab and across our network of collaborators.

Lab meeting with collaborator Peter Stadler of the Santa Fe Institute