James Griesemer

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James Griesemer is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Davis. His work concentrates on philosophical, historical, and social issues in the biological sciences, especially evolutionary biology, genetics, developmental biology, ecology and systematics. He has written on a wide variety of topics, including models and practices in museum-based natural history, laboratory-based ecology, units and levels of inheritance and selection in evolutionary biology, and visual representation in embryology and genetics. He is currently writing a book, Reproduction in the Evolutionary Process, which develops an epistemology of scientific practice and a theory of reproduction more comprehensive than existing philosophical accounts of inheritance and has applications to theoretical problems ranging from the nature and origin of living systems, evolutionary transitions, eco-evo-devo, and cultural change.