Roberta L. Millstein
- Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, 1997
Dissertation: "The Chances of Evolution: An Analysis of the Roles of Chance in Microevolution and Macroevolution," co-directed by C. Kenneth Waters and John Beatty
Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of science, history and philosophy of biology, environmental ethics
Joined the UC Davis Philosophy Faculty: 2006
2015-2016 Course Schedule
- Not teaching
30 Introduction to Philosophy of Science
208 Philosophy of Biology Seminar
220 Environmental Ethics Seminar
Selected Recent Publications (see website for more)
Millstein, Roberta L. (2015), “Re-examining the Darwinian Basis for Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic,” Ethics, Policy & Environment 18: 301-317.
Millstein, Roberta L. (2015), “Thinking About Populations and Races in Time,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 52: 5-11. Special issue on Genomics and Philosophy of Race, guest edited by R. G. Winther, R. L. Millstein, and R. Nielsen.
Millstein, Roberta L. (2014), “How the Concept of 'Population' Resolves Concepts of 'Environment,'” Philosophy of Science 81: 741-755.
Millstein, Roberta L. (2013), “Natural Selection and Causal Productivity: A Reply to Glennan” in H. Chao, S. Chen, and R. L. Millstein (eds.), Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics, Springer, 147-163.
Millstein, Roberta L. (2012), “Darwin's Explanation of Races by Means of Sexual Selection,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43: 627-633.
Millstein, Roberta L. (2010), “The Concepts of Population and Metapopulation in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology” in M. A. Bell, D. J. Futuyma, W. F. Eanes, and J. S. Levinton (eds.), Evolution Since Darwin: The First 150 Years, Sunderland, MA: Sinauer, 61-86.
Currently Supervising Dissertations
Shawn A. Miller, "Protein Folding, Microprocessors, and the Direction of Science"
Recent PhD Students
Sarah M. Roe, "The Salmon-Roe Approach to Mechanistic Explanations" - tenure-track position at Southern Connecticut State University