Here are a few of my current research projects.
Inclusive fitness is an influential framework in biology which is used to study the evolution of social behaviors, such as cooperative or altruistic behavior. There has recently been an intense debate over the status of the inclusive fitness framework. My work attempts to understand the explanatory value of inclusive fitness for evolutionary theory and where the disagreement in this debate lies.
The Debate over Inclusive Fitness as a Debate over Methodologies, forthcoming in Philosophy of Science
I am also working on a project that incorporates relatedness, a key component of inclusive fitness which measures how likely it is that an organism's social partner shares its genes, into models of gene-culture co-evolution.
Genetics in Evolutionary Game Theory:
Here my research focuses on methodology and interpretation of evolutionary models. Evolutionary game theory is often viewed as a 'phenotypic' approach to studying evolution, meaning that generally models only take into account the observable traits of organisms (their phenotypes) and ignore possible effects of genetics. However, genetic constraints can importantly affect both the process of evolution and evolutionary outcomes, and it is important to understand how this affects the reliability of predictions based on the phenotypic approach. This research challenges the common, and often implicit, reliance on the ‘phenotypic gambit’ – the practice of ignoring genetics when analyzing a population’s evolution.
Experimental Economics in Philosophy:
My colleagues and I have been using experimental methods from experimental economics to investigate philosophical questions. Currently, our research centers around the evolution of language.