and Reflective Practice, especially about
Innovation in Teaching, Group Process,
and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Social Analysis of Ecological Change
Social Epidemiology and Human Life-course Development
Science in its Social Context
Ph.D., Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard
Dissertation: "Construction and turnover in multispecies communities: A
critique of approaches to ecological complexity"
B.Sc.(Hons.), Monash University, Australia, 1975
Majors in Biomathematics and Zoology
Professor, 1998-2002; Associate Professor, 2002-6; Professor, 2006-
Program in Critical & Creative Thinking, University of Massachusetts
Boston, Program Director/Coordinator/Faculty Advisor, 1999-2004, 2007-;
Coordinator of Science in a Changing World track, 2009-
Visiting Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale
Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental, Coastal and Ocean Sciences,
Eugene Lang Visiting Professor for Social Change, Swarthmore College, 1997-98
Rockefeller Fellow, Rutgers University, Center for the Critical Analysis of
Contemporary Culture, 1996-97
Assistant Professor, Cornell University, Program on Science, Technology &
Society 1990-91; Department of Science & Technology Studies, 1991-97
Research Collaborator, Grupo de Estudios sobre Instituciones Agrarias y
Recursos Ambientales, Departamento de Economía, Centro de Investigación y
Docencia Económicas, Mexico, 1992-97
Visiting Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas and Centro de
Ecología, U.N.A.M., Mexico, 1992, 1993
Senior Ecologist, Biosystems Analysis, Tiburon, CA, 1989-90
Wantrup Fellow in Natural Resource Economics, University of California,
Guest Lecturer, University of Helsinki & Academy of Finland, 1988
Research Associate, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 1985-87
Faculty, New School for Social Research, Lang College Science, Technology and
Power Program, 1986-87
Teaching faculty, Harvard University Summer School, 1986-87
Mellon Fellow, Science, Technology & Society, M.I.T., 1985-86
Teaching fellow and tutor, Harvard University, Biology, History of Science and
the Core Curriculum, 1981-85
Summer Research Associate, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, Tennessee, 1984
Course development consultant, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology,
Australia, Socio-environmental assessment program, 1982
Marine Ecosystems Research Group, Harvard School of Public Health, 1980-82
Graduate Research Assistant, Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research,
University of Melbourne, Australia, 1978-79
Senior Research Assistant, Agriculture Dept., University of Queensland, 1976-77
Tutor, Monash University, Australia, Statistics, 1975
Thinking, Learning and Computers
Processes of Research and Engagement (formerly, Practicum)
Science-in-society [Seminar in Critical Thinking]
Action Research for Educational, Professional, and Personal Change (formerly:
Evaluation of Educational Change)
Synthesis of Theory and Practice
Computers, Technology and Education
Environment, Science, and Society [Critical and Creative Thinking in Science
Making Sense of Numbers [Seminar in Critical Thinking]
Biology in Society: Critical Thinking
Politics and the Environment
Scientific and Political Change (formerly, Science, Technology & Public
Epidemiological Thinking and Population Health
Gender, Race, and the Complexities of Science and Technology
Creative Thinking, Collaboration, and Organizational Change
Design for Living Complexities
(See also links on website to statement and portfolio describing this teaching.)
Biology and Society: The Social Construction of Life
Social Analysis of Ecological Change
Investigative Research on the Social Impact of Science
Statistical Analysis for the Life Sciences
Science and Social Theory (Themes: Structure & agency; Changing ideas of
Ecology and Social Change (Freshman writing seminar)
Visualizing the Dynamics of Science
Recent courses taught at other institutions
Critical Scholarship and Practice in Conservation and Development
International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology, Off-Year Workshop designation and Graduate Student funding for New England Workshop on Science and Social Change, 2014
Office of International Transnational Affairs, University of Massachusetts,
Boston, Faculty Study Abroad Grant, 2011
Visiting Fellowship, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition
Research, Altenberg, Austria, 2008 & 2010
Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Massachusetts,
NSF Grant, "The Implications of Heterogeneity for the Philosophy, History,
Sociology, and Science of Biological Determinism" (PI, $17755), 2006-9
NSF Grant, "Ecological
Research and the Complexities of Participation in Social and Environmental
Change" (PI, $12,850), 2005-9
NSF Grant, "New England
Workshop on Science and Social Change" (PI, $6,000), 2004-5
NSF Grant, "Genes, Gestation, and Life Experiences:
A Critical Comparison of Concepts and Methods Used in Analyses of Biosocial
Development" (PI, $71,670), 2003-5
Visiting Scholar, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown
Instructional Technology Center, Senior Fellowship, University of Massachusetts
Public Service grant, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2001.
Healy grant for Proposal Development, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2000.
Faculty Seminar, Center for Improvement of Teaching, University of
Massachusetts Boston Participant 1999, 2003; leader 2010.
STEMTEC grant for Science in Society workshops, 1999.
Visiting Fellowship, Agrarian Studies Program, Yale University, 1998 (declined)
University of Massachusetts, Boston:
Critical & Creative Thinking Graduate Program,
Graduate Program Director/Coordinator, 1999-2004, 2007-
Admissions Committee, 1998-2005, 2009-
Coordinator, "Science in a
Changing Word" track, 2009-
Organizer of "Critical and Creative Thinking in the Workplace"
Organizer of "Critical and Creative Thinking in Practice" Forum and
Co-organizer of "Critical and Creative Thinking Network" monthly
events and online social network, 2007-
Coordinator, Non-licensure MEd track,
Organizer, Brown bag series, 2008
Departmental Curriculum Committee, Co-chair, 2007-8
Chair 2006-7; Associate Chair 2007
Executive Committee 2005
Personnel Review Committees, 2005- (incl. Chair 2005, 08, 09, 10-11)
Search Committee for faculty positions, 2001, 2004, 2005-6, 2010-11
Departmental Annual Faculty Review SubCommittee, 1998-2000, Chair 1999-2000,
Promotion Review Committee, External
College of Advancing and Professional Studies
Personnel Committee, 2002-4, 08-10, 12-; Chair 2003; Chair/Co-chair 2008-10
Academic Affairs & Curriculum Committee, Chair 2000-2, 2005-6
MEET Educational Technology Fellow, 2001-2
Dean's Task Force on Educational Technology, 2000-2
Steering Committee, 2013-
College Personnel Committee, 2014
Curriculum Committee, 2013-
Graduate Writing Center working group, 2013-14; Workshop designer & leader: "Supporting students’ writing development throughout the graduate curriculum," 2014
NEASC Self-study group on Faculty, 2013-4
Selection Committee, Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies and Admissions, 2013
Selection Committee, Chancellor's Award
for Distinguished Teaching, Chair 2010
Program in Science, Technology, and Values,
Advisory Board, 1998-; Assistant to Director, 2002-3; Director, 2004-
Inter-college faculty Seminar in Humanities and Sciences (semester-long
thematic seminars), Organizer, 2003-
Faculty Council, Budget and Planning Committee, 2009-10
Public Policy Ph. D. Program, Associate member, 2004-; Academic Affairs
Committee, 2008-11, 12-
Environmental Studies program, Advisory Board, 2004-8 (co-chair, 2006-7)
Environmental Council, 2002-4
Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability, Chair, Sub-committee Provost's Task Force
on Environmental Affairs, 2000
Co-chair of site-visit and proposal group that secured Ford Foundation funding
for a New England Center for Inclusive Teaching (NECIT), 2002
Committee to establish General Science Degree, 1999
Committee to establish M.Ed. in Science & Math. Teaching, 1998-99
Organizer/leader of workshops, "Science-in-Society,
Society-in-science," "Helping Each Other to Foster Critical Thinking
about Biology and Society," "New Directions in Science
Education," "Helping Each Other to Foster Critical Thinking about
Environment, Science, and Society,"1998-2002
Beyond the Campus:
(See also links on website to 2001 statement describing these activities up to
Organizer, New England Workshop on
Science and Social Change, 2003-; Workshops on "Complexities of environment and
development in the Age of DNA," 2004, "How complexities of the social
environment shape the ways that society makes use of knowledge about 'genetic'
conditions," 2005, "Ecological
restoration as social reconstruction," 2006, "Collaborative generation of
environmental knowledge and inquiry," 2007, "Science-in-society: Teaching and
engaging across boundaries," 2008, "Heterogeneity and
Development: Methods and Perspectives from Sciences and Science Studiesa>,"
2009; "Where social theory
meets critical engagement with the production of scientific knowledge,"
and "Problem- and
case-based learning about biology-in-society," 2010; "Open Spaces for Changing
Science and Society," 2011; "Open Spaces for Changing
Science and Society II: Support for translation," 2012; "Scaffolding
Scientific and Social Change," 2013; "Changing Life in Times of Crisis," 2014.
Workshop designer and facilitator, "Collaborative Reflection & Prospect Formation in the area of critical & creative thinking," UMass Boston, July 2014; vWhat is a studio or what could it be," RMIT University, Australia, August 2013 "Design for Living Complexities: Bringing critical thinking into design practice," University of Wollongong, Australia, August 2013;"6-minute MOOC," UMassBoston Center for Innovative Teaching Conference, May 2013 (with J. Szteiter & F. Sullivan)
"Creative Thinking in Epidemiology," Workshop facilitator, ENVIRON,
MA; U. Toronto, September 2011; American College of Epidemiology, September
2012; Cancer Care Ontario , January 2013.
Workshop facilitator, University of Coimbra, Portugal, "Collaborative production of knowledge:
Health, environment, and publics," May 2011, "Troubled by Heterogeneity?"
"Changing Research, Teaching and Society," Workshop facilitator,
University of Wollongong, Australia, February 2011
Workshop Participant to develop a Research Collaborative Network in
Undergraduate Biology Education, Emory University, May 2010
Visiting Theorist, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, National Development
and Research Institutes, New York, January 2009
"Democracy and its Critics," short course, American Political Science
Association, Boston, August 2008, guest facilitator
Advisory Board, UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, 2006; Invited
participant in Faculty seminar on "Responsible Development of Emerging
External Evaluating Committee for "Management of Ecosystems and Human
Development" Megaproject of UNAM (National Autonomous University of
Handbook of Ecological Concepts, Invited international workshop participant,
External doctoral examiner, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2004
Workshop leader & consultant, Global Perspectives
Curriculum Development Project, Mt. Mary College, May 2004.
Invited Facilitator/Participant, Middle East Environmental Futures Project,
Brown University, July 2003.
Pembroke Center Seminar on Theories of Embodiment, Brown University: Workshop
leader, December 2002.
Society for Social Studies of Science: Organizer of sessions "Heterogeneity and heritability: Responses from sociology,
philosophy, and history of science" 2006; "Representing and engaging
with unruly processes" 2005; "Interpreting research on the complexity
of changing disease patterns," 2004; "Social interactions in the
production of epidemiology," 2002; "Ecological politics as cultural
External reviewer, Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra,
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the Dwight D. Eisenhower
Professional Development Program in the South River/South Coastal Watershed,
Co-PI 2000-1 and Workshop Leader, "Building a Professional Development
Learning Community," November 2000 and "Developing Unit Plans for
Inquiry- and Problem-based Learning," May 2001.
International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology:
Committee, Chair, 1997-2001; Member 2001-
Marjorie Grene Prize Committee, Chair, 2005-9
Operations Committee, 2009-
Organizer or co-organizer of sessions "Genes, Gestation, and Life
Experiences: Perspectives on the Social Environment in the Age of DNA" in
1999; "Teaching History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology"
pre-conference workshop in 2001; "Knowing, Interpreting and Engaging with
New and Old Biocomplexities" 2005.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Panel Member,
"Teaching Thinking: Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards," March 2001;
Teaching for Thinking
Network Board member 2001-4.
NSF Workshop on a Research Agenda for Linking Ecological and Economic Systems,
Tempe, Invited Participant, June 2000.
University of Tampere, Finland, International Collaborator in the "How
does nature speak?" project, 1996-; Workshop facilitator, 2000.
Local Knowledge and Global Consequences Workshop, Harvard School of Government,
Invited Commentator, April 2000.
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Workshop on
"Rethinking the Human-Nature Boundary," Invited participant, March
BioQuest workshop on Teaching College Biology, Invited Presenter and
Participant, June 1999.
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Honors Faculty Development Workshop,
Invited Workshop Leader, June 1999.
"Changing Life" (working group on fostering critical thinking about
life and environmental sciences); Convenor, 1999
Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias, U.N.A.M., México:
Consultant and Commentator on development of doctoral program in "Society,
Enviroment, and Sustainability," November 1998.
Swarthmore College: convenor of study group, "New biology: Old and new
questions," 1997-98; organizer, international workshop, "How can we
help each other with 'agency'?," April 1998.
Columbia University, member of University Seminar on "Ecology and
Science as Culture, editorial board, 1997-; guest co-editor for special edition
on "Ecological Science and Environmental Politics," 1997-98.
Acta Biotheoretica; American Journal of Psychiatry; American Naturalist; Biology & Philosophy; Bioscience; Ecological Economics; Ecological Modelling; Ecology; Environment and History; Genetics & Epigenetics; Geoforum; Global Ecology & Biogeography; Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences; Pedagogies: An International Journal; Public Understanding Of Science; Science; Science as Culture; Science in Context; Science Studies; Science, Technology & Human Values; Social Studies of Science; Societies Without Borders; Society and Natural Resources; Subjectivity; Synthese; Theoretical Population Biology, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Harvard University Press; Routledge; SUNY Press; MIT Press; University of
International Conference on System Sciences; Konrad Lorenz Institute; Medicine 2.0; The Netherlands Organisation of Health, Research and Development
Membership in Professional Societies:
International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology
Society for Social Studies of Science
Abstracts can be
viewed for many papers; full text versions are linked to abstracts for some.
(* indicates primary author/editor other than PJT; # indicates equal joint
Ann(ie) Blum in Our Lives. Arlington, MA: The Pumping Station, 2016.
Nature-Nurture? No.: Moving the Sciences of Variation and Heredity Beyond the Gaps. Arlington, MA: The Pumping Station, 2014.
Seriously: Processes of Research and Engagement Arlington, MA, The Pumping
Station, 2012. (with Jeremy Szteiter)
Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation,
Engagement Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Changing Life: Genomes, Ecologies, Bodies,
Commodities Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (ed. with S.
Halfon & P. Edwards), 1997.
"Distinctions that make a difference? An essay review of Beyond Versus: The struggle to understand the interaction of nature and nurture, by James Tabery," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, in press.
"Ecological Philosophy," Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology, 2015 (online).
formulation of classical quantitative genetics used to examine results and
interpretations under three standard assumptions," Acta Biotheoretica, 60(4): 357-378, 2012.
"Cultivating Collaborators: Concepts and Questions Emerging Interactively
From An Evolving, Interdisciplinary Workshop" (with S. Fifield and C.
Young) Science as Culture,
20(1): 89-105, 2011.
"Biology as Politics: The Direct and Indirect Effects of Lewontin and
Levins (An essay review of Biology Under the Influence: Dialectical Essays
on Ecology, Agriculture, and Health)," Science as Culture, 19 (2): 241-253, 2010.
"Three puzzles and eight gaps: What heritability studies and critical
commentaries have not paid enough attention to," Biology &
Philosophy, 25:1-31, 2010.
"Why was Galton so concerned about 'regression to the mean'? -A
contribution to interpreting and changing science and society" DataCritica, 2(2): 3-22, 2008, http://www.datacritica.info/ojs/index.php/datacritica/article/view/23/29.
"Nothing Reliable about Genes or Environment: New Perspectives on Analysis
of Similarity Among Relatives in Light of the Possibility of Underlying
Heterogeneity," Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological
and Biomedical Sciences, 40(3): 210-220,
"Infrastructure and Scaffolding: Interpretation and Change of Research
Involving Human Genetic Information," Science as Culture, 18(4):435-459, 2009. (Revised version of "Infrastructure
and Scaffolding: Themes and Questions to Support Diverse Engagements with the
Sciences of Changing Life" for The Reshaping of Human Life
[provisional title], Lisbon: Gulbenkian Foundation, forthcoming.)
"The under-recognized implications of heterogeneity: Opportunities for
fresh views on scientific, philosophical, and social debates about
heritability," History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 30: 431-456, 2008.
"The Unreliability of High Human Heritability Estimates and Small Shared Effects
of Growing Up in the Same Family," Biological Theory, 2 (4): 387-397, 2007.
"Guidelines for ensuring that educational
technologies are used only when there is significant pedagogical benefit,"
International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 2 (1): 26-29, 2007
"Heritability and heterogeneity: The
irrelevance of heritability in explaining differences between means for
different human groups or generations," Biological Theory, 1(4): 392-401, 2006. (
Online appendix )
"The analysis of variance is an analysis of causes (of a very
circumscribed kind)," International Journal of Epidemiology, 35: 527-531, 2006.
"Heritability and heterogeneity: The limited
relevance of heritability in investigation of genetic and environmental factors,"
Biological Theory, 1(2):
150-164, 2006. (Online appendices 1, 2, 3)
" What can we do? -- Moving debates over
genetic determinism and interactionism in new directions," Science
as Culture, 13 (3): 331-355, 2004.
"Situatedness and Problematic Boundaries:
Conceptualizing Life's Complex Ecological Context," Biology
& Philosophy, 16 (4), 521-532,
2001. (with Y. Haila).
"The Philosophical dullness of classical ecology, and a Levinsian alternative,"
Biology & Philosophy, 16
(1), 93-102, 2001. (with Y. Haila*)
"Socio-ecological webs and sites of sociality
: Levins' strategy of model building revisited," Biology &
Philosophy, 15 (2): 197-210, 2001.
"How does the commons become tragic? Simple
models as complex socio-political constructions," Science as
Culture, 7 (4), 449-464, 1998.
"Natural Selection: A heavy hand in biological
and social thought," Science as Culture, 7 (1), 5-32, 1998. Reprinted as "La
selección natural: Un lastre sobre el pensamiento biol-gico y social," Ludus
Vitalis, 7 (12), 27-51, 2000.
"Building on construction: An exploration
of heterogeneous constructionism, using an analogy from psychology and a sketch
from socio-economic modelling" Perspectives on Science, 3(1), 66-98, 1995.
"The social analysis of ecological change:
From systems to intersecting processes" Social Science
Information, 34: 5-30, 1995. (With
R. García-Barrios) Also published, slightly modified, as "El analisis
social del cambio ecológico, El medio ambiente: Una perspectiva económica
social" pp. 67-93 in J. Jardon (ed.). Recursos, Energia y Cambio Social.
Mexico: Plaza y Valdez Editores, 1995.
"How do we know we have global environmental
problems?: Science and the globalization of environmental discourse" Geoforum, 23: 405-416, 1992. (With F. Buttel)
"Environmental sociology and global
environmental change: A critical assessment" Society and
Natural Resources, 5:211-230, 1992
(With F. Buttel*) Revised version, pp. 228-255 in M. Redclift & T. Benton
(eds.) Social Theory and the Global Environment, Routledge, 1994.
"Ecosystems as circuits: Diagrams and the
limits of physical analogies" Biology & Philosophy, 6:275-294, 1991. (With A. Blum)
"Revising models and generating theory" Oikos 54:121-126, 1989.
"Technocratic optimism, H.T. Odum and the
partial transformation of ecological metaphor after World War 2" J.
Hist. Biol. 21:213-244, 1988.
"The construction and turnover of complex community models having
Generalized Lotka-Volterra dynamics" J. Theor. Biol. 135:569-588, 1988.
"Consistent Scaling and Parameter Choice for Linear and Generalized
Lotka-Volterra Models Used in Community Ecology" J. Theor. Biol. 135:543-568, 1988.
"Historical versus Selectionist Explanations in Evolutionary Theory" Cladistics 3: 1-13,1987.
"Dialectical Biology as Political Practice. An essay review of R. Levins
& R. Lewontin The Dialectical Biologist" Radical
Science 20: 81-111, 1986 (=L.
Levidow (eds.) Science as Politics, Free Association Books)
"The ethics of participatory processes: Dynamic flux, Open questions," pp. 325-337 in Rozzi, R., Pickett, S. T. A., Callicott, J. B., Chapin, F. S., Power, M. E., & Armesto, J. J. (Eds.). Earth Stewardship: Linking Ecology and Ethics in Theory and Practice. Springer, 2015.
"Philosophy of Ecology," Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. Chichester: Wiley, 2014. (Revised version of 2008 entry)
explorations: Moderate-sized open online collaborative learning," The Peeragogy Handbook, http://peeragogy.org.
"Conceptualizing the heterogeneity, embeddedness, and ongoing
restructuring that make ecological complexity 'unruly'," pp. 87-95 in Revisiting
ecology. Reflecting on concepts, advancing science, ed. K. Jax and A.
Schwarz, Berlin: Springer, 2011.
"Shifting boundaries: From management to engagement in complexities of
ecosystems and social contexts," pp. 248-263 in A. Belgrano, C. Fowler
(eds.), Ecosystem Based Management for Marine Fisheries: An Evolving Perspective.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
"Agency, structuredness, and the production of knowledge within
intersecting processes," pp. 81-98 in M. Goldman, P. Nadasdy, and M.
Turner (eds.), Knowing Nature: Conversations between Political Ecology and
Science Studies, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
"Developing Critical Thinking is Like a Journey," pp. 155-169 in Teachers
and Teaching Strategies, Problems and Innovations. Ed. G. F. Ollington.
Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2008.
"Philosophy of Ecology," in Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.
Chichester: Wiley, 2008. (Revised version of 2001 entry with Y. Haila,
published by Macmillan)
"Exploring themes about social agency
through interpretation of diagrams of nature and society," pp. 235-260 in How
Nature Speaks: The Dynamics of the Human Ecological Condition , ed. Y.
Haila and C. Dyke. Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2006.
"A reconstrução da complexidade ecológica sem regras: ciência,
interpretação e prática reflexiva crítica" [Reconstructing
unruly ecological complexity: Science, interpretation, and critical,
reflective practice], pp. 529-551 in Conhecimento Prudente para Uma Vida
Decente: Um Discurso sobre as Ciências Revisitado, ed. B. de Sousa Santos,
Porto: Afrontamento 2003. Revised version pp. 295-314 in Cognitive Justice
in a Global World: Prudent Knowledges for a Decent Life, ed. B. de Sousa
Santos, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.
"Gene-environment complexities: What is interesting to measure and to
model?" pp. 233-253 in The Evolution of Population Biology: Modern
Synthesis, ed. R. K. Singh and M. Uyenoyama, Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2003.
"'Whose trees/interpretations are these?'
Bridging the divide between subjects and outsider-researchers," pp.
305-312 in R. Eglash, J. Croissant, G. DiChiro, R. Fouche (eds.), Appropriating
Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power. Minneapolis: University of
Minnesota Press, 2004.
"Non-standard lessons from the 'tragedy
of the commons'," pp. 87-105 in M. Maniates (ed.) Encountering Global
Environmental Politics: Teaching, Learning, and Empowering Knowledge.
Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
"Distributed agency within intersecting
ecological, social, and scientific processes," pp. 313-332 in S.
Oyama, P. Griffiths and R. Gray (Eds.), Cycles of Contingency: Developmental
Systems and Evolution. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001.
"From natural selection to natural
construction to disciplining unruly complexity: The challenge of
integrating ecology into evolutionary theory," in R. Singh, K. Krimbas, D.
Paul & J. Beatty (eds.), Thinking About Evolution: Historical,
Philosophical and Political Perspectives, Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 377-393, 2000.
"What can agents do?: Engaging with
complexities of the post-Hardin commons" pp. 125-156 in L. Freese (ed.), Advances
in Human Ecology, Vol. 8. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1999.
"Mapping complex social-natural processes:
Cases from Mexico and Africa," in F. Fischer and M. Hajer (eds.) Living
with Nature: Environmental Discourse as Cultural Critique, Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 121-134, 1999.
"Changing life in the New World Dis/Order," Introduction for Changing
Life (with P.Edwards# & S. Halfon), 1-13, 1997.
"Shifting positions for knowing and
intervening in the cultural politics of the life sciences," Afterword
for Changing Life, 203-224, 1997.
"How do we know we have global environmental problems? Undifferentiated
science-politics and its potential reconstruction," in Changing Life,
"The dynamics of socio-environmental change
and the limits of neo-Malthusian environmentalism," pp. 139-167 in M. Dore
and T. Mount (eds.), Global Environmental Economics: Equity and the Limits
to Markets. Oxford, Blackwell, 1999. (With R. García-Barrios#) Also
published in revised form as "Dynamics and rhetorics of
socio-environmental change: Critical perspectives on the limits of
neo-Malthusian environmentalism," pp. 257-292 in L. Freese (ed.), Advances
in Human Ecology, Vol. 6. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1997.
"Re/constructing socio-ecologies: System
dynamics modeling of nomadic pastoralists in sub-Saharan Africa"
pp.115-148 in A. Clarke & J. Fujimura (eds.) The Right Tools for the
Job: At Work in Twentieth Century Life Sciences, Princeton University
"Community" pp. 52-60 in E.F. Keller
& E. Lloyd (eds.) Keywords in Evolutionary Biology, Harvard
University Press, 1992
Edited special editions of journals
Reflections on the Use of Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies in Human
Ecological Research," Human Ecology,
31 (2), 2003 (with M. Turner*)
"Philosophy of Ecology," Biology & Philosophy, 15 (2):155-238 (with Y. Haila#).
"Natural Contradictions: Links between Ecological science and Environmental
politics," Science as Culture,
7 (4), 1998 (with Y. Haila#).
"Ecological visionaries and the politics of conservation," Environment
and History, 3, 1997 (with R.
"Science studies," section of Social Text, 42, 1994-95.
"Pictorial representation in biology" Biology &
Philosophy, 6, 1991 (with A. Blum).
Reviews, commentaries, and notes
"Revolution and evolution: A vision for chronic disease prevention and
intervention in Ontario, Canada," Canadian Journal of Public Health (with multiple co-authors)
"Race, Genes, and IQ test scores" GeneWatch 26 (2-3): 33-35, 2013.
"Intersecting Processes: complexity and change in environment, biomedicine
and society" Ludus Vitalis
XXI (39):319-324, 2013, http://www.ludusvitalis.org/foros/pracprof1.html.
"Review of 'Challenging Genetic Determinism: New Perspectives on the Gene
in Its Multiple Environments', ed. Maheu, L. and R. A. Macdonald," Quarterly
Review of Biology, 88 (3): 249-250, 2013.
"Review of Science Transformed? Debating Claims of an Epochal Break,
edited by Nordmann, Radder, and Schiemann," Notre Dame
Philosophical Reviews, http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/30357-science-transformed-debating-claims-of-an-epochal-break/,
"Rehabilitating a biological notion of race? A response to Sesardic,"
Biology and Philosophy, 26
"Does Study of Genetic Factors Map Physical Traits?" Science
"Well-pressed stories? Review of The Mangle in Practice: Science,
Society, and Becoming. Edited by Andrew Pickering and Keith Guzik,"
2010, Technology & Culture,
51(2): 477-479, 2010.
"Perspectives from plant breeding on Tal's argument about the weight of
genetic versus environmental causes for individuals," Biology
and Philosophy, 24 (5): 735-738,
"Underlying heterogeneity: A problem for biological, philosophical, and
other analyses of heritability?", Biology and Philosophy, 23 (4), 587-589, 2008.
"Toward socio-scientific participation: changing culture in the science
classroom and much more," Cultural Studies of Science Education, 1 (4): 645-656, 2006. (with S. Lee & T. Tal)
"Global warming of a global village: It's the inequities of life on this
planet that make it hard to work together to save it," Newsday, Dec. 11, 2005. (Also available online)
"What can we do?-Commentary on Fred Bookstein, 'My Unexpected Journey in
Applied Biomathematics," to appear in Biological Theory, 1 (2): 180-181, 2006.
Review of Science and Other Cultures: Issues in Philosophy of Science and
Technology, edited by Robert Figueroa and Sandra Harding, Notre Dame
Philosophical Reviews (October), ndpr.icaap.org/content/archives/2003/10/taylor-figueora-harding.html,
Review of Eugene Odum: Ecosystem Ecologist & Environmentalist, by
Betty Craige, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 25:117-118.
"Critical Reflections on the Use of Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies in
Human Ecological Research," Human Ecology, 31 (2): 179-182, 2003 (with M. Turner*)
"Assessing biodiversity and ecological stability," Science, 290: 51, 2000.
"Teaching 'critical and creative thinking' about science-in-society at the
University of Massachusetts," Bulletin of Science, Technology
& Society, 19 (5): 424-425.
"Natural Contradictions: Links between Ecological Science and
Environmental Politics," Science as Culture, 7 (4), 445-448, 1998. (with Y. Haila)
"Biology and the agents without history," Newsletter of the
International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology,
"The politics of the conservation of nature," Environment
and History, 3: 239-243, 1997.
"Making connections and respecting
differences: Reconciling schemas for learning and group process," Connexions (Newsletter of the International Society for
Exploring Teaching Alternatives), March & July 1997.
"Review of Social Theory and the Environment by David Goldblatt,"
Urban Studies, 34 (9),
"Appearances notwithstanding, we are all doing something like political
ecology" Social Epistemology,
11 (1): 111-127, 1997.
"What's in it for us (in science studies)?
Notes on 'The economics of science,' by Arthur Diamond," Knowledge
and Policy, 9 (2/3): 55-57, 1996.
"Review of Science and Technology in a Multicultural World by David
Hess," Science, Technology, and Human Values, 21(3): 358-362, 1996.
"Co-construction and process: a response
to Sismondo's classification of constructivisms," Social Studies
of Science, 25 (2): 348-359, 1995.
"Review of A History of the Ecosystem Concept in Ecology by Frank
Golley" Isis, 86 (3): 523-524,
"Review of Foundations of Ecology L. Real & J. Brown (eds.) and
Pioneer Ecologist by R. Croker" Isis, 84: 177-179, 1993.
"Pictorial representation in biology" Biology &
Philosophy, 6:125-134, 1991. (With
"Feminist Tales: Review of The Total Devotion Machine and Other Stories
by R. Love and The Recurring Silent Spring by P. Hynes," Science,
Technology, and Human Values, 16
(4): 540-543, 1991.
"Unfilled Holes in Conceptual Niche Space?" Book Review of Cherrett,
J.M. (ed.). Ecological concepts: the contribution of ecology to an
understanding of the natural world, Ecology 72(2), pp. 759-760, 1991
"Developmental versus morphological
approaches to modeling ecological complexity" Oikos 55:434-436, 1989
"Mapping workshops for teaching ecology"
Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 70:123-125, 1989. (With Y. Haila)
"Glasnost?: Eyes Opening in the USSR" Science as Culture 3:124-132, 1988
between teacher and facilitator," Proceedings of the International
Association of Facilitators 2000, http://www.iaf-world.org/iaf2000/Taylor.PDF
"Shifting frames: From divided to
distributed psychologies of scientific agents," Proceedings of
the Philosophy of Science Association 1994,
"Mapping ecologists' ecologies of
knowledge" Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association
1990, Vol.2, 95-109
"The Strategy of Model Building in Ecology, Revisited" 8th.
Int. Congr. Logic, Meth. & Phil. of Sci.,
Volume 2:308-311, 1987.
"Some computer programs for the analysis of genotype x environment
interaction" Proc Int. Congr. Soc. Advances of Breeding Res. in
Asia & Oceania, 3d(v.1):56-58, 1977.
(With R. Eisemann, I.DeLacy and D.Byth).
"A new approach to the analysis of genotypic adaptation and genotype x environment
interactions" and "A comparison of methods of analysis of GxE
interactions and adaptation responses in a large data set" Proc
Int. Congr. Soc. Advances of Breeding Res. in Asia & Oceania, 3d(v.1):16-22 and 41-46, 1977. (With R. Eisemann,
I.DeLacy and D.Byth*).
The Ecology of
Bishop Creek Brown Trout; Vol. II: Trout Population Model & Vol.
III:Trout Population Model User's Manual. Reports by BioSystems Analysis,
Inc. to So. California Edison, 1991. (With A. Small)
"A description with some applications of MSNUCY, a computer model
combining interspecific interactions with nutrient cycling" Envir. Sci.
Division Publication 2419, O.R.N.L., 1985. (With W.M.Post.)
"Economic aspects of the use of water resources in the Kerang Region"
Technical Paper no. 11 of the Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
(I.A.E.S.R.). (Second report to the Ministry of Water Resources, Victoria),
1979. (With J.Ferguson and A.Smith).
"The Kerang Farm Model" Technical Paper no. 12 of I.A.E.S.R, 1979.
"Economic aspects of the use of water resources in the Kerang Region"
First report to the Ministry of Water Resources, Victoria, 1978. (With J.
Ferguson and A. Smith).
(See also links on website to Thought
pieces and unpublished contributions)
"Generating environmental knowledge and inquiry
through workshop processes (2000)"
"The hidden complexity of simple models, or Why
theorists of all kinds should be troubled by unmodeled variables having
dynamical lives of their own," for Complexities Of Life: Ecology,
Society And Health, ed. T. Awerbach (2001)
"Notes towards guidelines about specific
situations and specific ways in which specific technologies are of significant
pedagogical benefit" (2001)
"Five Fundamental Gaps In Nature-Nurture Science"
"Heterogeneity, not randomness, sets challenges for quantitative genetics and epidemiology: A response to Davey Smith’s ‘gloomy prospect’"
"What to do if we think that researchers have overlooked a significant
issue for a long time? The case of quantitative genetics and underlying
"Slow EdTech: Pedagogical principles, collaborative explorations, and persistent challenges" (with F. Sullivan and J. Szteiter)
"Making visible a collage of radical scientists and critics," for Science as Culture
"Genotype-phenotype distinction," for Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (with R. Lewontin)
"Supporting students’ writing development throughout the graduate curriculum," Teaching, Learning & Technology Conference, University of Massachusetts, Boston, May 2014 (with M. McCarthy and others)
"Collaborative explorations: Moderate-size open online collaborative learning," Teaching, Learning & Technology Conference, University of Massachusetts, Boston, May 2014 (with J. Szteiter & F. Sullivan)
"Making visible a collage of radical scientists and critics," Conference on Science for the People: The 1970s and today," University of Massachusetts Amherst, April 2014.
possible to simply continue along previous lines': Cultivating flexible,
transversal engagement in intersecting processes of social and scientific
change," Inaugural lecture for 2012-3 Doctoral Programs, Centro de Estudos
Sociais, University of Coimbra, October 2012; EcoSur, Chiapas, Mexico, October
"Creative habits and refractive practice," workshop for Doctoral
Programs, Centro de Estudos Sociais, University of Coimbra, November 2012;
Curriuclumm & Instruction Department, UMass Boston, January 2013.
"Troubled by heterogeneity? Questions for public health, heritability
studies, and personal genomics," IBMC, University of Porto, November 2012
"Open Space Workshops for Changing Science and Society: Reflection on
Participation and Collaboration in STS," Society for Social Studies of
Science, October 2012
"What if everything is always unruly complexity? From mathematical ecology
to Raymond Williams and into open spaces beyond", BABEL working group
meeting, September 2012
"Tools for reflection and community-building, face2face and online,"
Workshop for Educational Technology/ Center for Innovative Teaching Conference,
University of Massachusetts, Boston, May 2012 (with J. Szteiter & F.
"Now it is impossible 'simply to continue along previous lines'--
Enactable Social Theorizing and Open Spaces," New England Workshop on
Science and Social Change, May 2012
"Health: What's Race got to do with it?," Cambridge Science Festival,
"Troubled by Heterogeneity? Control, Infrastructure and Participation in
the Study of Heredity and STS," Society for Social Studies of Science,
"Cultivating Collaborators," Public Service Center, Cornell
University, October 2011.
"Heterogeneity, Infrastructure, and Genetics," Sociology of Science/STS
graduate students, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 2011.
"Changes in the social dimensions of environmental analysis since the
early days of political ecology," Social Dimensions of Environmental
Policy, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, September 2011.
"How do we know we have population-environment problems? A journey from
simple models to multiple points of engagement to contribute to change,"
School for Designing a Society, Urbana, September 2011.
"What to do if we think that researchers have overlooked a significant
issue for 100 years? The case of quantitative genetics and underlying
heterogeneity," History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University,
"Creative Thinking in Epidemiology," Workshop for ENVIRON and UMass.
Amherst Department of Epidemiology, and for CancerCare Ontario, Toronto,
"This course provides a structure for me to look into what really
interests me," International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social
Studies of Biology, July 2011
"Exploration of 'Open
Spaces' for Changing Research, Teaching, Science, and Society,"
University of Coimbra, Portugal, May 2011
"Our confusions about
our online presence and activities (explored through the format of group
meetings that are reflective and generative)," University of
Massachusetts, Boston, May 2011
"Race, Genes, IQ Test Scores," Museum of Science, Boston, April 2011.
"Troubled by Heterogeneity?
Opportunities for Fresh Views on Long-standing and Recent Issues in Biology and
Biomedicine," University of Vienna, October 2010.
"Wiki-ing from here
to there," Educational Technology Conference, University of
Massachusetts, Boston, May 2010.
"Community-based participatory research on health disparities: An initial
exploration of possibilities and problems," University of Coimbra, March
"Start your own writing support group," Teaching for Transformation
Conference, January 2010
"From systems to intersecting processes in the analysis of ecological
complexity, from WWII to the 90s," Conference on "Biodiversity
power/knowledge since Darwin," Mus_um National d'Histoire Naturelle,
Paris, December 2009.
"Engaging colleagues in a caring university," Chancellor's Award for
Distinguished Teaching Lecture, University of Massachusetts, Boston, November
"Cities beyond the Year 2000: Engaging with/in the militant
particularism-translocal tension of Raymond Williams," Intercollege
faculty Seminar in Humanities and Sciences, University of Massachusetts,
Boston; New England American Studies Association, October 2009.
"Social-environmental engagements: From Kerang salinization and
agro-forestry participation to the place of trans-local perspectives,"
University of Melbourne, July 2009.
"Farms, families, and fantasies of control: Puzzles in the history and
philosophy of heredity that warrant more attention," Konrad Lorenz
Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Altenberg, Austria, October
2008; University of Melbourne, July 2009.
"Steps towards an ecoevodevo synthesis-and beyond?," International
Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, July 2009
"Revisiting scientific and social debates about heritability in light of
the under-recognized implications of heterogeneity," Society for Social
Studies of Science, November 2006; International Society for History,
Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, July 2009
"Mapping intersecting biological & social processes, using the case of
the routinization of testing for PKU," Workshop on Sociology, History and
Philosophy of Science in Science Teaching, June 2009.
"Making evolutionary theory more ecological: An update on Chapter 3 of
Darwin's Origin," Brown University, April 2009.
"Three new puzzles about nature-nurture debates and why we should care
about them," Intercollege faculty Seminar in Humanities and Sciences,
University of Massachusetts, Boston, January 2009.
"Infrastructure and Scaffolding: think-pieces on analysis of and
engagement in intersecting biosocial processes," "Intersecting
processes and research into the bio-social complexities of drugs and
health," Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, National Development and
Research Institutes, New York, January 2009
"Writers' workshop and qualitative research," Forestry and
Environmental Studies, Yale University, November 2008
"Unruly complexity and education," Complexity Studies in Education
group, Boston College, July 2008
"Infrastructure and Scaffolding: Themes and Questions to Support Diverse
Engagements with the Sciences of Changing Life," Workshop on "The
Life Sciences and Society: Challenges of the Post-genome Era," Gulbenkian
Foundation, Lisbon and University of Coimbra, May 2008.
"Teaching as Reflective Practice (or Why the most important thing should
not be what the tenure review committee thinks)," Graduate College of
Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston, February 2008.
"Processes of Research and Engagement," Teaching for Transformation
Conference, January 2008
"Author meets critics: session on P. Taylor's Unruly Complexity,"
Society for Social Studies of Science, Montreal October 2007
"A Hands-On Mapping Workshop for Exploring Different Representational
Strategies for Describing Complex Technoscientific Domains," Society for
Social Studies of Science, Montreal October 2007
"When is genetic analysis useful and sustainable: Perspectives on some new
and old debates about genes and environment," International Society for
History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, July 2007, University of
Bristol, July 2007; University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales,
March 2007; University of California San Francisco, February 2007; University
of Massachusetts, Lowell, October 2006
"Making sustainable science that addresses the unruly complexities of
environment, resource use and development," Centre for the Environment,
University of Tasmania, March 2007.
"Making sustainable science at the complex intersections of environment,
health & development," Energy & Resources Group, University of
California Berkeley, February 2007
"Teaching Evolution in These Times," Teaching for Transformation
Conference, January 2007; Workshop for the Center for Improvement of Teaching,
University of Massachusetts, Boston, October 2006.
"On the tension between unruliness of ecological complexity and attempts
to bound and discipline it," Workshop on "Building on Borders:
Constructions of Ecological Knowledge" for Handbook of Ecological
Concepts, Technical University, Darmstadt, April 2006.
"Political ecological accounts of intersecting processes as a model for
addressing the social situatedness of political ecological researchers,"
Workshops on "Political Ecologies of Knowledge, Science and
Technology" at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and American
Association of Geographers, March 2006.
"Unruly complexity, or why an ecologist would move into the fields of
science-in-society and educational change," Environmental, Earth, and
Ocean Sciences Department, University of Massachusetts, Boston, February 2006
"Start your own interdisciplinary faculty seminar," Teaching for
Transformation Conference, University of Massachusetts, Boston, January 2006.