My primary research concerns the philosophical issues surrounding the scientific method. Specifically, I am interested in the construction, development, and analysis of theories and models in computationally complex sciences such as population biology and chemistry. I pursue these interests in a variety of projects spanning traditional as well as novel areas in philosophy of science, including philosophy of biology, philosophy of chemistry, and the social structure of science.
Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World, 2013, Oxford Univeristy Press.
"Three Kinds of Idealization," The Journal of Philosophy, 104 (12) 639-59.
“Robustness Analysis,”Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Science, 73, 730–742.
“Forty Years of `The Strategy': Levins on Model Building and Idealization,” Biology and Philosophy, 21(5), 623--645.
“Who is a Modeler?”, British Journal for Philosophy of Science, 58, 207–233.
“Qualitative Theory and Chemical Explanation,” Philosophy of Science, 71 (2004), 1071–1081.
“Water is Not H2O,” Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline. Eds. D. Baird, et al. New York: Springer. 337-345.