The Ramsey Philosophy of Biology Lab

Lab director

  1. Grant Ramsey

    The Ramsey Lab has moved to Belgium! I am now a BOFZAP Research Professor in the Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven. For more information, see the About page or download my CV.

Postdocs

  1. Hugh Desmond

    http://hughdesmond.net/

    Dissertation: Directionality in Biological Evolution, codirected with Andreas De Block.

    Lab publications:

    • Coming soon.

Current graduate students

  1. No current grad students - please email me if you are interested in joining my lab.

Alumni

  1. Lane DesAutels

    http://lanedesautels.com/

    Dissertation: Mechanism and Chance: Toward an Account of Stochastic Mechanism for the Life Sciences, directed by Lindley Darden.

    Lab publications:

    • Coming soon.
  2. Michael Deem

    http://mjdeem.weebly.com

    Dissertation: Norms and Nature: Engagements between Ethics and the Biological Sciences

    Lab publications:

  3. Charles Pence

    http://charlespence.net

    Dissertation: Chance in Evolutionary Theory: Fitness, Selection, and Genetic Drift in Philosophical and Historical Perspective

    Lab publications:

    • download-icon Ramsey, G. and Pence, C. H. (2016) “evoText: A new tool for analyzing the biological sciences.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 57: 83-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2016.04.003
    • download-icon Pence, C. and Ramsey, G. (2015) “Is organismic fitness at the basis of evolutionary theory?” Philosophy of Science 82:1081–1091. DOI: 10.1086/683442
    • download-icon Ramsey, G. and Pence, C. H. (2013) “Fitness: philosophical problems.” In: eLS. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003443.pub2
    • download-icon Pence, C.H. and Ramsey, G. (2013) “A new foundation for the propensity interpretation of fitness.” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 64:851-881. DOI: 10.1093/bjps/axs037.
    • download-icon Hollocher, H., Pence, C. H., Ramsey, G., and Wirth, M. M. (2013) “A path to success? A Review of Evolution, Development, and the Predictable Genome by David L. Stern.” Evolution and Development 15(1): 80–82. DOI: 10.1111/ede.12016.
    • download-icon Hollocher, H., Fuentes, A., Pence, C. H., Ramsey, G., Sportiello, D. J., and Wirth, M. M. (2011) “[Review of] On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 86(2): 137-138. DOI: 10.1086/659913.
    • download-icon Pence, C. H., Hollocher, H., Nichols, R., Ramsey, G., Siu, E., and Sportiello, D. J. (2011) “[Review of] Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? Philosophical Essays on Darwin’s Theory.” Philosophy of Science 78(4): 705-709. DOI: 10.1086/661775.
    • download-icon Ramsey, G., Hollocher, H., Fuentes, A., Pence, C. H., and Siu, E. (2010) “[Review of] Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 85(4): 499-500. DOI: 10.1086/656856.

    Other lab projects:

Lab collaborators

  1. Meredith Bastian

    http://www.philadelphiazoo.org

    Lab publications:

  2. Robert Brandon

    https://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/Philosophy/rbrandon

    Lab publications:

    • download-icon Ramsey, G. and Brandon, R. (2011) “Why reciprocal altruism is not a kind of group selection.” Biology and Philosophy 26: 385-400. DOI: 10.1007/s10539-011-9261-7.
    • download-icon Brandon, R. and Ramsey, G. (2007) “What’s Wrong with the Emergentist Statistical Interpretation of Natural Selection and Random Drift?” In: D. Hull and M. Ruse (eds.) Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Alexander Cobb

    http://smart.mit.edu/home.html

    Lab publications:

    • download-icon Cobb, A., Nadkarni, N., Ramsey, G., and Svoboda, A. J. (2001) “Recolonization of bigleaf maple branches by epiphytic bryophytes following experimental disturbance.” The Canadian Journal of Botany 79: 1-8. DOI: 10.1139/b00-134
  4. Andreas De Block

    http://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00002503

    Lab publications:

  5. Agustin Fuentes

    http://afuentes.com

    Lab publications:

    • download-icon Hollocher, H., Fuentes, A., Pence, C. H., Ramsey, G., Sportiello, D. J., and Wirth, M. M. (2011) “[Review of] On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 86(2): 137-138. DOI: 10.1086/659913.
    • download-icon Ramsey, G., Hollocher, H., Fuentes, A., Pence, C. H., and Siu, E. (2010) “[Review of] Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 85(4): 499-500. DOI: 10.1086/656856.
  6. Hope Hollocher

    http://biology.nd.edu/people/hope-hollocher/

    Lab publications:

    • download-icon Hollocher, H., Pence, C. H., Ramsey, G., and Wirth, M. M. (2013) “A path to success? A Review of Evolution, Development, and the Predictable Genome by David L. Stern.” Evolution and Development 15(1): 80–82. DOI: 10.1111/ede.12016.
    • download-icon Hollocher, H., Fuentes, A., Pence, C. H., Ramsey, G., Sportiello, D. J., and Wirth, M. M. (2011) “[Review of] On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 86(2): 137-138. DOI: 10.1086/659913.
    • download-icon Pence, C. H., Hollocher, H., Nichols, R., Ramsey, G., Siu, E., and Sportiello, D. J. (2011) “[Review of] Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? Philosophical Essays on Darwin’s Theory.” Philosophy of Science 78(4): 705-709. DOI: 10.1086/661775.
    • download-icon Ramsey, G., Hollocher, H., Fuentes, A., Pence, C. H., and Siu, E. (2010) “[Review of] Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 85(4): 499-500. DOI: 10.1086/656856.
  7. Nalini Nadkarni

    http://nalininadkarni.com

    Lab publications:

    • download-icon Cobb, A., Nadkarni, N., Ramsey, G., and Svoboda, A. J. (2001) “Recolonization of bigleaf maple branches by epiphytic bryophytes following experimental disturbance.” The Canadian Journal of Botany 79: 1-8. DOI: 10.1139/b00-134
  8. Ryan Nichols

    http://philosophy.fullerton.edu/people/profile/ryan_nichols.aspx

    Lab publications:

    • download-icon Pence, C. H., Hollocher, H., Nichols, R., Ramsey, G., Siu, E., and Sportiello, D. J. (2011) “[Review of] Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? Philosophical Essays on Darwin’s Theory.” Philosophy of Science 78(4): 705-709. DOI: 10.1086/661775.
  9. Anne Siebels Peterson

    http://philosophy.utah.edu/profile.php?unid=u0976731

    Dissertation: Diversification in Aristotle’s Metaphysics

    Lab publications:

  10. Daniel Sportiello

    http://philosophy.nd.edu/people/students/daniel-sportiello/

    Lab publications:

    • download-icon Hollocher, H., Fuentes, A., Pence, C. H., Ramsey, G., Sportiello, D. J., and Wirth, M. M. (2011) “[Review of] On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 86(2): 137-138. DOI: 10.1086/659913.
    • download-icon Pence, C. H., Hollocher, H., Nichols, R., Ramsey, G., Siu, E., and Sportiello, D. J. (2011) “[Review of] Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? Philosophical Essays on Darwin’s Theory.” Philosophy of Science 78(4): 705-709. DOI: 10.1086/661775.
  11. Carel van Schaik

    http://www.aim.uzh.ch/Members/profofinstitute/vanschaik.html

    Lab publications:

  12. Michelle Wirth

    http://www3.nd.edu/~streslab/

    Lab publications:

    • download-icon Hollocher, H., Pence, C. H., Ramsey, G., and Wirth, M. M. (2013) “A path to success? A Review of Evolution, Development, and the Predictable Genome by David L. Stern.” Evolution and Development 15(1): 80–82. DOI: 10.1111/ede.12016.
    • download-icon Hollocher, H., Fuentes, A., Pence, C. H., Ramsey, G., Sportiello, D. J., and Wirth, M. M. (2011) “[Review of] On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction.” The Quarterly Review of Biology 86(2): 137-138. DOI: 10.1086/659913.