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All Souls College
27 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AL

E-mail: ellen.clarke@all-souls.ox.ac.uk

Nationality: UK

qualifications

 

2000-2003   University Of Leeds                                       Leeds

BA Philosophy

Graduated with First Class Honours. Dissertation supervisor – Gregory Radick.

Dissertation title – ‘Anarchy, Socialism and a Darwinian Left’

2005-2006       University Of Bristol                                 Bristol

MA Philosophy and History of Science

Dissertation supervisor – Samir Okasha.

2006-present    University Of Bristol                               Bristol

PhD Philosophy of Biology

Supervisor – Samir Okasha.

Thesis title – ‘Biological Individuality and the Levels of Selection’. Examiners - James Ladyman and Peter Godfrey-Smith

Awarded November 2010

existing publications

 

2006: ‘Anarchy, Socialism and a Darwinian Left’ in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Part C, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Volume 37, Issue 1, March 2006, pp 136-150

2009: Invited review of James Elwick’s ‘Styles of Reasoning in the British Life Sciences’ for The British Journal for the History of Science, Volume 42, Issue 1, March 2009, pp 143-145

2009: ‘Noah and the Spaceship: evolution for 21st century christians’ an invited review essay of Alexandre Meinesz’ ‘How Life Began’ for Biology and Philosophy, Vol 24, No. 5, Nov 2009, pp 725

2010: 'The problem of Biological Individuality' in Biological Theory 5:4 pp312-325

2011: ‘Plant individuality and multilevel selection theory’ in The Major Transitions Revisited edited by Kim Sterelny and Brett Calcott, for MIT Press.

2012: 'Plant Individuality: A Solution to the demographer's dilemma' in Biology and Philosophy 27(3): 321-361

2013: 'Species and Organisms: What are the problems?' Joint paper with Samir Okasha,  in From Groups to Individuals  edited by Philippe Huneman and Frederic Bouchard, for MIT Press.

2013: 'The multiple realizability of biological individuals' in Journal of Philosophy, CX(8)

2014: 'Origins of evolutionary transitions' in Journal of Biosciences, 39(2): 303-317.


work accepted or in press

 


appointments

 

October 2011

Postdoctoral Fellow (Five years)

All Souls College, Oxford, UK

December 2010       

Postdoctoral Fellow

Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Vienna, Austria

areas of specialisation

 

Philosophy of biology, philosophy of science

areas of competence

 

Political philosophy, history of science, introductory logic, introductory topics in ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of physics.

awards


2005-2006    AHRC Taught Masters Award, Value £9,300 plus fees

2006-2009 AHRC Doctoral Scholarship, Value £12,300 plus fees each year for three years.

Travel bursaries for visits to North Carolina, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Montreal, Value £1800

May-Aug 2009 Study visit funding to stay in Australia three months, money contributed by Philosophy Department, Roberts fund, BIRTHA and Alumni fund, Value £1800

presentations

 

Refereed

‘Three questions about individuation in modular and clonal organisms’ at Duke’s 7th Annual Conference in Philosophy & Biology, North Carolina, April 2008.

‘Plant individuality and multilevel selection theory’ at the annual conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, St Andrews, July 2008.

‘Modularity and evolvability during transitions’ at the biannual meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences of Biology, in Brisbane in July 2009.

‘Pluralisms about biological individuality’ at the 10th annual European Conference for Artificial Life workshop on Levels of Selection, in Budapest, Sept 2009.

'Individuals and the homogeneity assumption' at the Biennial PSA conference in Montreal, Nov 2010

'The multiple realisability of biological individuals'  at the biannual meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences of Biology, in Utah in July 2011.

'Organisms and Transitions' in the symposium 'Organisms and biological individuals - Metaphysical and Epistemological reflections', with Christian Sachse and Ulrich Krohs, at GWP 2013, March 2013.

Invited

‘Modular organisms and their impact on the theory of natural selection’ at Bristol’s workshop on Evolution, Cooperation and Rationality, Nov 2007.

'Individuality in Plants' for the workshop Evolutionary and Ecological Individuals, for the STABECO project at the CNRS in Paris, April 2010

'Individuality in Plants and Beyond' for the brown bag sessions at the KLI in Vienna, Oct 2010

'Organisms, and other problems in Biological Ontology' for the departmental seminar at the Department of  Philosophy at Bristol University, Jan 2012

'How to count organisms' for the departmental seminar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, Feb 2012

'The organism as a problem in biological ontology' for the workshop 'Objects, Kinds and Mechanisms in Biology' at the University of Leeds, April 13th 2012.

'Organisms and Adaptations' for the conference 'Individuals across sciences' in Paris, May 2012.

The Organism Concept in Biology' for the conference 'Groups and Individuals' in India, May 2012.

'The multiple realisability of biological individuals' for the departmental seminar in Philosophy at Cardiff University, February 2013.

'The multiple realisability of biological individuals' at Edinburgh University, February 2014.

'Bacterial Individuality', Plenary at Philosophy of Biology in the UK 2014, Cambridge, April 2014.

'The multiple realisability of biological individuals' at IHPST Paris, May 2014.

'How to count organisms' at BSPS meeting, October 2014.

Seminars

‘The trouble with lichen’ at Bristol’s pg seminar series, November 2007.

‘Some puzzles about symbioses’ at Bristol’s work in progress series, Jan 2008.

‘Modularity and transitions in individuality’ at Bristol pg seminar series, Dec 2008.

‘Individuals and other modules’ at Bristol’s work in progress series, April 2009.

‘Pluralisms about biological individuality’ at Tempo & Mode’s series B seminar program, Jun 2009.

'The organism problem' at the Buckling journal club (lab meeting), Oxford Zoology, Feb 2012.

'Evolutionary transitions and the emergence of individuality' All Souls Lunchtime talk, Oct 2012.


teaching experience

 

Teaching assistant/tutor at Bristol University. Duties include taking seminars, marking essays, giving feedback sessions.

First year undergraduate courses – logic, intro to metaphysics and epistemology, intro to ethics

Second year undergraduate courses – political philosophy, philosophy of the natural and social sciences

Lecturer (one-off) to complexity science group at Bristol University. Each year I give a one hour lecture followed by one hour of discussion to students starting doctoral studies in the complexity science centre. We discuss levels of selection and transitions in evolution.

Tutor for BPhil Philosophy of Science at University of Oxford, HT 2012.

Undergraduate thesis supervisor at Univeristy of Oxford, 2012-13.

Lecturer in Intro to Philosophy of Science, University of Oxford, HT 2013.

BPhil thesis supervisor, University of Oxford, MT 2014.

study visits

 

May 20th – August 10th 2009

Visiting Scholar at Australian National University, Canberra.

I spent time at the RSSS and the centre for macroevolution (‘tempo and mode’) at ANU under the supervision of Kim Sterelny.

additional academic activities

 

Book reviews editor for Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science. 

Editorial Board Member of TOPOI

Referee for the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Biological Theory, Acta Biotheoretica, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science and the Royal Society.

Book reviewer for the British Journal for the History of Science, Biology and Philosophy and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

Program committee member and reviewer, EPSA 2013.

Student representative for ISHPSSB 2007-09.

Co-organiser of ISHPSSB off-year workshop ‘Future directions in genetics studies, July 2008.

Student of Logic summer school at University of Tartu, Estonia, in August 2007.

Organiser of 'Philosophy of Biology in the UK', April 2012, Oxford.

Member of the UK network for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Plant Science.

Participant in Kevin Foster's Lab Group





 

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