I am a philosopher of science working mainly on evolutionary theory, scientific explanations, classification in the sciences, natural kinds, connections between classification and nature conservation, and research ethics and responsibility. Officially I am Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology at the Institute of Philosophy at Leibniz Universität Hannover, with a cross appointment as Professor in the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS). I also am Associate Faculty in the Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science Group (SEPOS) at Michigan State University and an elected Fellow of The Linnean Society of London.
I grew up in The Hague on the Dutch North Sea coast. I was educated at Aloysius College and Leiden University, and I am an alumnus of L.V.V.S. Augustinus in Leiden. I divide my time between Lansing, Michigan and Hannover, Germany. But: Zoo ik ièts ben, ben ik een Hagenaar.
Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS)
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Otto-Brenner-Straße 1 (Room 811)
30159 Hannover, Germany