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
2014-2015 Course Schedule
- Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (Phi 38)
- Environmental Ethics (Phi 220)
- Not teaching
30 Introduction to Philosophy of Science
210 Philosophy of Science Seminar
208 Philosophy of Biology Seminar
Selected Recent Publications (see website for more)
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