Project News

March 2
Bordeaux Summer School - Philosophy in biology and medicine

There are three weeks left to apply for a place in the "Bordeaux Summer School - Philosophy in biology and medicine" being held 7-10 June 2022. PI Alan Love is one of the course leaders. The school is open to second year Master students, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from the fields of philosophy, life sciences, and medicine. Participants will learn to use interdisciplinary methods to address conceptual issues in scientific research. The application deadline is 23 March 2022.

February 28
Fitness: static or dynamic?

Pierrick Bourrat, PI for the “Transitions in individuality: from ecology to teleonomy” project, and his colleague, Peter Takacs, recently authored the paper “Fitness: static or dynamic?” published in the European Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

February 22
Levels of organization in the biological sciences

James DiFrisco, coordinator of the “(Re)Conceptualizing Function and Goal-Directedness” cluster of projects, is one of the editors of a new book in the Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology. Daniel S. Brooks and William C. Wimsatt are co-editors. The book, titled “Levels of Organization in the Biological Sciences,” examines “the idea of levels of organization as a distinct object of investigation, considering its merits as a core organizational principle for the scientific image of the natural world. It approaches levels of organization - roughly, the idea that the natural world is segregated into part-whole relationships of increasing spatiotemporal scale and complexity - in terms of its roles in scientific reasoning as a dynamic, open-ended idea capable of performing multiple overlapping functions in distinct empirical settings.”

February 21
New job! postdoc in Brazil

The postdoctoral fellow will be directly linked to the project coordinated by Professor Charbel El-Hani (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil) and will work under the supervision of Professor Nei Nunes-Neto (Federal University of Grande Dourados, Brazil), linked to his research group at UFGD. The project covers the areas of Epistemology of Science, Ethics and Theoretical and Applied Ecology.


Deadline: March 5, 2022


More information, including how to apply and about Dourados, Brazil, is available here.

February 16
nQMaker: estimating time non-reversible amino acid substitution models

Joanna Masel, PI of the “Universal principles of evolutionary adaptation” project, is one of the authors of a new manuscript in Systematic Biology. “We show that the non-reversible models estimated with nQMaker are a much better fit to empirical alignments than pre-existing reversible models, across a wide range of datasets including mammals, birds, plants, fungi, and other taxa, and that the improvements in model fit scale with the size of the dataset. Notably, for the recently published plant and bird trees, these non-reversible models correctly recovered the commonly estimated root placements with very high statistical support without the need to use an outgroup.” The full article is available online here.