Current Research Projects
1. Lineages in Complex Evolution and Classification - The concept of “lineages” is taken for granted in many biological and philosophical discussions, but a closer look suggests that it has different meanings, scientific roles, and ontological assumptions depending on the context. These differences have significant ramifications for biology and philosophy, such as the idea that there are multiple kinds of lineages in nature. Additionally, complex cases of micro and macroevolution challenge our understanding of lineages and related concepts in evolution and classification.    
2. Race and Values - Are races real? Social values influence the answer of philosophers, scientists, and citizens to this question. For instance, recent defenses of biological racial realism are pluralistic: one accepts that more than one concept of race is legitimate. But how can we distinguish legitimate from illegitimate concepts of race? I consider how social values should play a role in answering this question. In particular, I investigate how philosophical argumentation (about race) itself depends on social values. 

Publications

 

(2021) From Idealizations to Social Practices in Science: The case of Phylogenetic Trees Synthese Online First DOI 10.1007/s11229-021-03271-9

(2020) When Imprecision is a Good Thing, or How Imprecise Concepts promote Integration in Biology Biology & Philosophy 35 (6); 1-21 

(2019) What is a Lineage? Philosophy of Science  86 (5): 1099-1110 

(2016) Rethinking Species Cohesion and Individuality Biological Theory  11(3): 138-149 
(2012) Indivíduos ou Tipos Naturais? Estatuto Ontológico e Natureza Histórica das Espécies Biológicas em David Hull  (Individuals or Natural Kinds? The Ontological Status and Historical Nature of Species) in: Revista Rumos da Epistemologia, vol.11, UFSC. 

(2011) Considerações Críticas sobre o papel do conceito de “coesão” na tese espécies –como–indivíduos de David Hull (Critical remarks on the role of cohesion in David Hull's individuality thesis) in: História e Filosofia da Biologia, vol.6, n.2. 

  
Work in Progress 

Units of Evolution Revisited (under review)

The Chemostat Model of Evolution by Persistence, and its Relevance to Clade Selection (under review) - with Ford Doolittle

Collective Reproduction without Levels (under review) -  with Makmiller Pedroso

Evolutionary Scaffolds: Articulating Processes in Evolutionary Explanations (under review) - with Letitia Meynell and Christopher Jones

Inductive Risk meets the Metaphysics of Race: Challenging the New Deflationary Biological Race Realism (book chapter in preparation) 

Dissertation

Biological Lineages in Philosophical Focus