About Me

James Griesemer

I am a Distinguished Professor and once again former Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis, a member of the UC Davis Science and Technology Studies Program, the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, the Population Biology Graduate Group, and the Center for Population Biology. I am also Past-President of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology and a member of the KLI in Klosterneuberg, Austria. My primary interests are philosophical, historical, and social understanding of the biological sciences, especially evolutionary biology, genetics, developmental biology, ecology and systematics. I have written on a wide variety of topics in history, philosophy and social studies of biology, including models and practices in museum-based natural history, laboratory-based ecology, units and levels of inheritance and selection in evolutionary biology, and visual representation in embryology and genetics. I am currently writing a book, Reproduction in the Evolutionary Process, which develops a theory of reproduction more comprehensive than current philosophical accounts of inheritance, with applications to theoretical problems ranging from the nature and origin of living systems, evolutionary transitions, eco-evo-devo, and cultural change.

Office & Lab – Three different approximations