I am a Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University, with joint appointments in Lyman Briggs College, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Department of Philosophy. I specialize in the philosophy of science and practical ethics, focusing especially on research ethics and environmental ethics.
I study science in its social context. My disciplinary scholarship has focused especially on understanding the influences of ethical and social values on scientific research and managing those influences responsibly. I have also engaged in a number of collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects. These include efforts to address financial conflicts of interest and to promote greater demographic and disciplinary diversity on science teams. I have published widely both in philosophy journals and in venues that reach beyond my disciplinary community. Much of my current research focuses on efforts to increase transparency in science, enhance the effectiveness of the open science movement, and promote better science communication.
I have been actively involved in the Philosophy of Science Association, both as the Program Chair for the association’s 2018 biennial meeting and as an Associate Editor for the society’s journal, Philosophy of Science. I have also served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Guidance on PFAS Testing and Health Outcomes, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions, and the Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.