Peter Taylor

Professor, College of Education and Human Development
Director, Program in Critical & Creative Thinking
Director, Program on Science, Technology & Values
University of Masachusetts, Boston, MA 02125, USA

617-287-7636 (o); 7656 (fax); Email:
WorldWideWeb Site:

Contents (with additional older material and other links on the website version): AREAS OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING / EDUCATION / POSITIONS HELD / TEACHING and ADVISING / GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS / PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (1998-) / PUBLICATIONS (with links on website to some abstracts & full text versions) / WORKING PAPERS (available on the WWW) / WORKS IN PROGRESS / SELECTED PRESENTATIONS (2006-)


Critical Thinking 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 University, 1985
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


Assistant 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 University, 2003

Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental, Coastal and Ocean Sciences, 2002-4

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, Berkeley, 1987-89

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


University of Massachusetts, Boston
Thinking, Learning and Computers
Processes of Research and Engagement (formerly, Practicum)
Critical Thinking
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 and Technology]
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 Policy)
Epidemiological Thinking and Population Health
Reflective Practice
Gender, Race, and the Complexities of Science and Technology
Creative Thinking, Collaboration, and Organizational Change
Creative Thinking
Design for Living Complexities

Cornell University
(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 nature)
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

Fulbright Scholar, Portugal, 2012

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, Boston, 2009

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 University, 2002-03.

Instructional Technology Center, Senior Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2002.

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" Workshops/Course, 2001
Organizer of "Critical and Creative Thinking in Practice" Forum and Workshops, 1999-2004
Co-organizer of "Critical and Creative Thinking Network" monthly events and online social network, 2007-

Curriculum & Instruction Department

Coordinator, Non-licensure MEd track, 2008-12
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, 2007-8

College of Education

Promotion Review Committee, External member, 2013
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

College of Advancing and Professional Studies

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 2001.)
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?" November 2012

"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 Technologies," 2008

External Evaluating Committee for "Management of Ecosystems and Human Development" Megaproject of UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), 2005-

Handbook of Ecological Concepts, Invited international workshop participant, 2002, 2006

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 discourse," 1998.

External reviewer, Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, 2002

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:
Past-President, 1997-99
Education 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 2000.

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 Culture," 1997-98.

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 Colorado Press
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 authorship/ editorship)


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.

Taking Yourself 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).

"A gene-free 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,

"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, 2009.

"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)

Book chapters

"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) (DOI)

"Collaborative explorations: Moderate-sized open online collaborative learning," The Peeragogy Handbook,

"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, 149-174, 1997.

"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 Press, 1992.

"Community" pp. 52-60 in E.F. Keller & E. Lloyd (eds.) Keywords in Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Press, 1992

Edited special editions of journals

"Critical 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. Rajan#)

"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,

"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,, 2012.

"Rehabilitating a biological notion of race? A response to Sesardic,"
Biology and Philosophy, 26 (3):469-473, 2011.

"Does Study of Genetic Factors Map Physical Traits?" Science E-Letter,, 2010.

"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, 2009.

"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),, 2003.

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, Fall 1997.

"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), 1525-1527, 1997.

"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, 1995.

"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 A. Blum)

"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

Conference Proceedings

"Alternating between teacher and facilitator," Proceedings of the International Association of Facilitators 2000,

"Shifting frames: From divided to distributed psychologies of scientific agents,"
Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994, Vol.2, 304-310

"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*).

Technical Reports

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 heterogeneity"

"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.

"'No longer 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 2013.

"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. Sullivan)

"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, April 2012

"Troubled by Heterogeneity? Control, Infrastructure and Participation in the Study of Heredity and STS," Society for Social Studies of Science, November 2011

"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, September 2011.

"Creative Thinking in Epidemiology," Workshop for ENVIRON and UMass. Amherst Department of Epidemiology, and for CancerCare Ontario, Toronto, September 2011.

"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 2010

"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 2009

"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.