Beckett Sterner

Beckett Sterner is a philosopher of biology with a background in statistics and computational modeling. His work on evolutionary tempo and mode, biological individuality, and information aims to uncover novel ways of approaching scientific problems and challenges for objectivity given different background assumptions, e.g. about whether models are adequate to represent the phenomena. More broadly, Sterner studies the social epistemology of pluralism: what knowledge do we need to get things done together while differing in fundamental ways? He investigates this question in the context of the life sciences, where globally coordinating data-intensive research has taken on central importance for addressing societal challenges such as biodiversity loss and climate change.