Participants

Jeferson Coutinho

Jeferson Coutinho

Cluster:
Higher-Level Agency and Directionality in Ecology and Earth Science
Project:
An organizational account of ecological functions

Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Bahia (2010). Master in Ecology and Biomonitoring (2013 - UFBA). Doctor in Ecology from the Federal University of Bahia, with a period at the Universidad Nacional del Río Negro, Bariloche, Argentina. Has experience in the field of Ecology, with an emphasis on Applied Ecology and Pollination. Develops studies in the area of ​​Ecology and Functional Diversity of Bees. He works at the Laboratory of Biology and Ecology of Bees with research involving citizen science and transdisciplinarity. He teaches Basic, Technical and Technological Education at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Bahia, Campus of Salvador. He currently serves as head of the Department of Health Technology and Biology (DTSBio). He is a Researcher at the National Institute of Science and Technology in Inter and Transdisciplinary Studies in Ecology and Evolution - INCT-IN TREE. Email: jeferson.gabriel@gmail.com

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Jamie Davies

Role:
Scientific Board of Advisors
Eric Desjardins

Eric Desjardins

Cluster:
Higher-Level Agency and Directionality in Ecology and Earth Science
Project:
Geofunctions: purposes and agents in global environmental sciences
Institution:
Western University

Eric Desjardins is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Western University and the Associate Director of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. He works on the normative dimensions of historical contingency and biological entanglement in various life sciences. The main goals of his research are 1) to clarify the meaning of and relation between these two notions, 2) explore and develop conceptual frameworks that can explain their relevance in various disciplines (especially experimental evolution and ecology), and 3) show how these frameworks can be used in promoting more effective and ethical decision making in an increasingly human-impacted world.

Hugh Desmond

Hugh Desmond

Cluster:
Agential Behavior and Plasticity in Evolution
Project:
Agency and explanation in the evolutionary sciences

Hugh Desmond is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of philosophy at the Leibniz Universität Hannover and assistant professor at the University of Antwerp. He earned his PhD in philosophy of biology at the KU Leuven with visiting fellowships at Princeton University and New York University. After his PhD, he has held fellowships in bioethics and applied ethics at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law (KU Leuven) and The Hastings Center, and in philosophy of science at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (CNRS/Paris I-Sorbonne). His work focuses on the logic and normative implications of evolutionary theory, with special attention for the concepts of progress, human nature, and agency. He has also published broadly on the social and methodological dimensions of science: competition, trust, professionalism, and integrity. Recent key publications include “Human Success: Evolutionary Origins and Ethical Implications” (with G. Ramsey, Oxford UP 2022), “The Selectionist Rationale for Evolutionary Progress” (Biology and Philosophy 2021) and the book chapter “The Ontology of Organismic Agency: A Kantian Approach” (with P. Huneman, 2020).

James DiFrisco

James DiFrisco

Cluster:
(Re)Conceptualizing Function and Goal-Directedness
Role:
Cluster Coordinator
Institution:
KU Leuven

James DiFrisco is a researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium). His work has focused on general issues in biological theory and philosophy of biology such as homology, individuality, functions, and levels of organization. Recent projects include a broad investigation of the constructive conceptual role of dynamical systems theory in evolutionary-developmental biology ("Hierarchical evolution of dynamical systems"). Currently he is working on a project on the individuation of biological characters entitled "Character individuation in development and evolution."

Justin Donhauser

Justin Donhauser

Cluster:
Higher-Level Agency and Directionality in Ecology and Earth Science
Project:
Geofunctions: purposes and agents in global environmental sciences

Justin Donhauser's work tackles methodological, practical, and broadly social issues at the intersection of applied sciences and public policy and resource management in a practicable way. He specializes in the logic and philosophical foundations of big‐data and statistical modelling methods in systems ecology and climate science, and, more recently, also has numerous projects on issues in applied AI and robotics in those and other areas.

Philip Donoghue

Philip Donoghue

Cluster:
Higher-Level Agency and Directionality in Ecology and Earth Science
Project:
Chance versus purpose in biosphere evolution
Role:
Subaward Principal Investigator

Phil is Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol, UK. His research focusses on the causes and consequences of major evolutionary transitions, drawing insight from anatomical and molecular data from living and fossil organisms. Major themes include the origins of animals, plants, and the establishment of evolutionary timescales.

Guilhem Doulcier

Guilhem Doulcier

Cluster:
Evolutionary Origins and Transitions of Agency
Project:
Transitions in individuality: from ecology to teleonomy

Guilhem Doulcier is an evolutionary biologist who focuses on major evolutionary transitions.