Dr. Christopher H. Lean
My current position is a Research Fellow with the Theory and Methods in the Biosciences group within the University of Sydney and am Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology. My primary areas of research are philosophy of the life sciences (biology, ecology, medicine) and ethics (bioethics, environment, technology). Recently, I have been writing on the role of biotechnology in conservation science and on invasive species.
In 2021, I was a Post-Doctoral Researcher working in Prof. W. Ford Doolittles lab at Dalhousie University researching ecosystem evolution. Previously, I was a researcher at the University of Sydney working on laws of nature in ecology and the moral and legal ramifications of online genetic genealogies.
My PhD at the Australian National University was awarded in 2019. My dissertation, written under the supervision of Kim Sterelny, is entitled Ecological Kinds and the Units of Conservation. It focuses on the ontology of conservation science and its consequences for measuring biodiversity. This work lies at the intersection of philosophy of science, metaphysics, ethics, and policy, and is an active area of research.
Please feel free to get in touch. You can e-mail me at Christopher[dot]lean[at]sydney[dot]edu[dot]au
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