Roberta L. Millstein

Roberta L. Millstein I am a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at UC Davis; in addition, I am on the STS Program Committee, I'm a trainer for the REACH IGERT – Responding to Rapid Environmental Change, and I am affiliated with the John Muir Institute of the Environment and the UC Davis Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Research Group.

I am currently an Elected Member-at-Large for the Section on History and Philosophy of Science of the AAAS and a co-chair for the PSA Women's Caucus. I periodically blog for the New APPS group blog.

2007 Philosophy of Biology Lab
Jim Griesemer and I co-run a philosophy of biology lab.

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Professor Roberta L. Millstein
Department of Philosophy
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8673

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By phone: 530-554-1398 (Skype #; will go to voice mail)


My research is in the philosophy of science and the history & philosophy of biology as well as environmental ethics.

My research interests include the way that general topics in the philosophy of science, such as causation, mechanisms, probability, and determinism, illuminate and are illuminated by topics in evolutionary biology and ecology. I am also particularly interested in intersections between evolutionary biology, ecology, and environmental issues.

Recent work examines the concepts of 'fitness,' 'population', and 'random drift'; race and sexual selection; and connections between population genetics and ecology. I am currently working on projects exploring Patricia Gowaty's adaptively flexible sex role model, on the importance of interconnectedness in Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic, and on the way that laboratory experiments, field experiments, and natural experiments can jointly inform us about ecological and evolutionary interactions.

I am a co-editor of Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics with Hsiang-Ke Chao and Szu-Ting Chen (see book review by Anya Plutynski). I have published in journals such as Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Journal of the History of Biology, and Biological Theory.

>> See my curriculum vitae for links to papers I've written and other information about my research and teaching.


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I am a signatory of the 'Online Petition in Support of the Gendered Conference Campaign'; please visit the online petition for details