Curriculum Vitae

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Department of Philosophy • University of Nevada, Reno • Jones Bldg. 103D—MS 0102 • Reno, Nevada 89557-0102

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Department of Philosophy University of Nevada, Reno Jones Bldg. 103D—MS 0102 Reno, Nevada 89557-0102
Academic Positions
University of Nevada, RenoAugust 2016 –Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology (EECB) Program Integrative Neuroscience Program
Dalhousie UniversitySeptember 2014 – July 2016Herzberg Postdoctoral FellowSupervisor:  W. Ford Doolittle Department of Philosophy, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology,  and the History of Science & Technology Programme at the University of King's College
Education
Duke UniversityAugust 2008 – September 2014Ph.D. in PhilosophyDissertation: Universal Biology Co-Advisers: Robert Brandon and Alex Rosenberg Committee: Karen Neander, Dan McShea (biology), V. Louise Roth (biology), Tyler Curtain (UNC)
August 2008 – May 2012M.A. in Philosophy
New Mexico State University
August 2002 – December 2006B.A. in Journalism & Mass CommunicationsHonors with Distinction
Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of Astrobiology, History & Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science

Areas of Competence

Science, Technology & Society (STS), Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Applied Ethics (esp. Biotechnology)

Publications
Peer-Reviewed Articles
Forthcoming2. Mariscal C, Fleming L: “Why We Should Care About Universal Biology”Biological Theory
20163. Mariscal C, Petropanagos A: “CRISPR as a Driving Force: The Model T of Biotechnology”Monash Bioethics Review 34(2), 101-116
20164. Booth A, Mariscal C, Doolittle WF: “Modern Synthesis is the Light of Microbial Genomics”Annual Reviews of Microbiology 70(1), 279-297
20155. Scharf C, Virgo N, Cleaves HJ, Aono M, Aubert-Kato N, Aydinoglu A, Barahona A, Barge LM, Benner SA, Biehl M, Brasser R, Butch CJ, Chandru K, Cronin L, Danielache S, Fischer J, Hernlund J, Hut P, Ikegami T, Kimura J, Kobayashi K, Mariscal C, McGlynn S, Menard B, Packard N, Pascal R, Pereto J, Rajamani S, Sinapayen L, Smith E, Switzer C, Takai K, Tian F, Ueno Y, Voytek M, Witkowski O, Yabuta H: “A Strategy For Origins of Life Research”Astrobiology 15(12): 1031–1042. doi: 10.1089/ast.2015.1113
Write Up: Scharf C, Virgo N, Cleaves HJ: “Collaboration: Come together to study life’s origins” 2016 Nature 529(25): 25. doi:10.1038/529025e
20156. Mariscal C, Doolittle WF: “Eukaryotes First, How Could that Be?”Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 370: 20140322. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0322
20157. Mariscal C: “Assessing Universality from a Single Example”In: Dick, S.J. (ed.), The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
20158. Powell R, Mariscal C: “Convergent Evolution as Natural Experiment: The Tape of Life Reconsidered”Journal of the Royal Society Interface 5(6): 20150040 . doi: 10.1098/rsfs.2015.0040
Shorter Work
20171. Mariscal C: “Universal Biology Does Not Prescribe Planetary Isolationism” Theology and Science 15(2), 150-152.
20152. Mariscal C, Petropanagos A: “Not Your Grandpa’s Biotechnology” Impact Ethics: Making a Difference in Bioethics
Book Reviews
20142. Powell R, Mariscal C: “There is Grandeur in This View of Life: the Bio-Philosophical Implications of Convergent Evolution by George McGhee”Acta Biotheretica 62: 115-121.
20113. Mariscal C: “Epistemology, necessity, and evolution: a critical review of Michael Ruse’s Philosophy After Darwin”Biology & Philosophy 26: 449-457.
Policy Reviews
February 20161. Mariscal C, Petropanagos A: “Response to Genome Editing: Open Call for Evidence”Nuffield Council on Bioethics
Works in Progress
Minor Revisions1. Mariscal C, Doolittle WF: “Life and Life Only: A Radical Alternative to Life Definitionism”
In Preparation2. Mariscal C, Barahona A, Aubert-Kato N, Aydinoglu AU, Bartlett S, Luz Cárdenas M, Chandru K, Cleland C, Cocanougher BT, Comfort N, Cornish-Bowden A, Deacon T, Froese T, Giovannelli D, Hernlund J, Hut P, Kimura J, Merino N, Moreno A, Nakagawa M, Pereto J, Virgo N, Witkowski O, and Cleaves II HJ - A Paper on the HPS Issues in Origins of Life
Grants and Awards

University of Nevada, Reno

2017International Faculty Travel Grant$1,000 USD to present my work in Brazil
2017Earth Life Sciences Institute Workshop Grant –Tokyo, Japan$30,000 USD to host a workshop and pay for the travel costs of over a dozen internationally respected scientific leaders

Dalhousie University

2016The Royal Society of Canada Open Academy$3,000 USD to invite an international speaker and host a public event

Duke University

2013-2014Katherine Goodman Stern Dissertation Year FellowshipTuition plus $27,000 over one year
2011-2012Franklin Humanities Institute Digital Scholarship Initiative Seed Grant$1,000 to start a new on-campus topical group
2008-2014Melinda French Gates’ University Scholars Program Fellow$135,000 over five years
2008-2013James B. Duke Endowment FellowTuition plus $20,000 over four years
Professional Service and Development

Conferences/Workshops/Symposia Organized

Scheduled April 20181. SoCIA 2018: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology – Primary OrganizerUniversity of Nevada, Reno – Reno, Nevada, USA
August 20172. Universal Biology: Investigating Life as it Must Be – Primary OrganizerEarth Life Sciences Institute Origins Network – Tokyo Tech, Japan
September 20163. SoCIA 2016: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology – Co-OrganizerInternational Consortium for the History & Philosophy of Biology Off-Year Workshop – Clemson, South Carolina
June 20134. Information & Transmission: Eighth Annual Research Workshop – Primary Organizer, CommentatorInternational Consortium for the History & Philosophy of Biology in association with the Center for the Philosophy of Biology, Duke Philosophy, Duke Biology, Duke Computer Science, the Renaissance Computing Institute, and the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy
March 20135. Futures – Co-Organizer, PresenterUniversity Scholars Program – Duke University
March 20106. Legacy – Co-Organizer, PresenterUniversity Scholars Program – Duke University
May 20097. Form, Function, and Homology: Fourth Annual Research Workshop – Co-Organizer, CommentatorInternational Consortium for the History & Philosophy of Biology in association with the Center for the Philosophy of Biology, Duke Philosophy, and Duke Biology

Professional Leadership

2016–Social & Conceptual Issues in AstrobiologyCo-Founder, Vice President
2014-2016Evo Devo UniverseCo-Director
2011-2015International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of BiologyWebmaster, Publications Board Member
2010-2014Duke Center for the Philosophy of BiologyOrganizer, Assistant Director, Conference Organizer, Fund Raiser, Web Designer, Web Master

Recent Mentorship of Graduate Students

2016 – 1. James A. SmithCurrently working toward an M.A. in History of Science
2014-20162. Tyler D.P. BrunetM.Sc. 2016 in Computer Science Thesis Title: Disciplinology: an application of phylogenetics to the study of disciplines Currently D. Phil student at Cambridge University

Recent Mentorship of Undergraduate Students

2017 – 1. Erica DietleinCurrently working toward a B.A. in 2018 in Philosophy
2010-20142. Palden GyalB.A. 2014 in Philosophy and Political Science Currently Divinity Student in Harvard University
2012-20143. Shelly LiB.A. (on leave) in Philosophy and Economics Currently President of Smart Metals Recycling

Referee

Acta Analytica
Biological Theory
International Journal of Astrobiology
Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
Royal Society Interface
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Synthese

Professional Membership

Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology (SoCIA)
Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS)
American Association of Mexican Philosophers (AAMP)
Evo-Devo Universe (EDU)
American Philosophical Association (APA)
Philosophy of Science Association (PSA)
International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)

Panels Organized

July 20171. Philosophy of Astrobiology – Co-Organizer, Presenter Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology – Universidade de São Paulo
July 20152. Complexity and Evolution – Co-Organizer, Presenter Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology – Université de Montréal
July 20153. Natural Experiments – Co-Organizer, Presenter Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology – Université de Montréal

Department and University Service

UNR Philosophy DepartmentEvents Committee                           2017 – Communications Liason         2016 – Philosophy Club Adviser        2016 –
2015 – 2016Dalhousie Postdoctoral Researcher’s UnionVice-President, Bargaining Committee Union Representative
2014-2016Dalhousie Evolution Studies GroupPrimary Organizer
2012-2013Duke Philosophy DepartmentGraduate Representative, Hiring Committee Member
2010-2012Duke Kenan Institute for EthicsGraduate Assistant
2009 – 2010 & 2012 – 2013Duke University Scholars ProgramGraduate Assistant Director, Mentor, Mentorship Coordinator, Conference Organizer
Teaching Experience

University of Nevada, Reno

CH 212: Science, Technology, and Society in the Modern Era
PHIL/HIST 438/638: Problems in the History & Philosophy of Science
PHIL 434/634/712: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
PHIL 224: Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
PHIL/HIST 480: Science, Technology, & Society

Dalhousie University

PHIL 1050: Ethics in ScienceFlagship course for the First Year Dalhousie Integrated Science Program

Duke University

PHIL 150: Logic
PHIL 103S: Introduction to Philosophy
Presentations
Invited Talks
August 20161. "LUCA, Life, and its Many Origins"ELSI Origins Network: History and Philosophy of Origins Research – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
May 20162. "LUCA, Life, and its Many Origins"LUCA, its contemporaries and their viruses: 20 years after – La Fondation des Treilles, Tourtour, France
February 20163. “Life is Not a Natural Kind (or: On the Meaning of ‘Life.’)”Bryn Mawr College – Department of Philosophy
January 20164. “Going to Extremes: Exploring Life’s Limits”University of Washington – Department of Philosophy and the Astrobiology Program
January 20165. “What is Weird About Weird Life?”Rhodes College – Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
January 20166. “The Logic of Evolutionary Theory (And the Theory of Evolutionary Logic)”University of Nevada, Reno – Department of Philosophy
September 20147. “Universal Biology: Circumventing the N=1 Problem”Preparing For Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex, or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth Life Beyond Earth – The Library Of Congress and the NASA Astrobiology Program
March 20148. “Evaluating Potential Evolutionary Systems in the Universe”Dalhousie University – Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Department of Philosophy
December 20139. “Evolution is not Reducible to Physics”New Mexico State University – Department of Philosophy
Papers Presented
September 20171. “Regarding Biology as a Universal Science”American Association of Mexican Philosophers 11th Annual Conference – Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado
August 20172. “Regarding Biology as a Universal Science”Earth Life Sciences Institute Origins Network Universal Biology Workshop – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
July 20173. “When Astrobiologists Write Humanities & When Humanists Write Astrobiology”Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) – Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
January 20174. “Why Research Universal Biology?” Earth Life Sciences Institute Young Researchers Day (ELSI YRD), Fifth Annual Symposium – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
September 20165. “LUCA, Life, and its Many Origins”SoCIA 2016: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology – Clemson University, South Carolina
May 20166. “Understanding Evolution in a Universal Context”Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science/La Société canadienne d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences (CSHPS/SCHPS) – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
July 20157. “Trends and Tendencies in Universal Biology”Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) – Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
July 20158. “Convergent Evolution as a Natural Experiment”Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) – Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
June 20149. “Evolution reduces to Logic, not Physics”International Consortium for the History and Philosophy of Biology. Nature and Culture: The Ninth Annual Research Workshop – University of Cambridge, UK
June 201310. “How to Make a ‘Universal Biology’”AbGradCon’13 (The International Annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference) – McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 201211. “Evolution and Persistence” (with Aryn Conrad)International Consortium for the History and Philosophy of Biology. Historicity: The Seventh Annual Research Workshop – University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 201112. “What a Universal Biology Should Be”Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) – University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
June 201013. “Reproduction as an Individuating Criterion for Life”International Consortium for the History and Philosophy of Biology. Reproduction: The Fifth Annual Research Workshop – Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
May 200714. “Group Selection Adaptationism”New Mexico/West Texas Philosophical Society Annual Conference – University of Texas at El Paso, Texas
Invited Research Workshops
September 20161. SoCIA 2016: Social and Conceptual Issues in AstrobiologyISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop – Clemson, South Carolina , USA
August 20162. History and Philosophy of Origins Research WorkshopEarth-Life Sciences Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology – Tokyo, Japan
May 20163. LUCA, its contemporaries and their viruses: 20 years afterLa Fondation des Treilles – Tourtour, France
August 20154. ELSI Origins Network Origins of Life Roadmap International WorkshopEarth-Life Sciences Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology – Tokyo, Japan
December 20145. Workshop on Evolutionary Genomics of SymbiosisDalhousie University and Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
October 20116. Evolution, Astrobiology, and Synthetic Biology: Defining the Common FoundationsNESCent – Durham, North Carolina, USA
Research Workshops Attended
July 20171. Function and Biological ExplanationAcadia University – Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
October 20152. Information Gathering Meeting for the International Summit on Human Gene EditingThe Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society, The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and The U.S. National Academy of Medicine – Washington, D.C.
July 20133. International Summer Program on EvolutionApplied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab – Lisbon, Portugal
June 20134. NASA Proposal Research Focus GroupAbGradCon RFG: Tied for First Place Prize for Research Proposal – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 20105. The Science of the Conscious MindVienna Summer University (VISU) – Vienna, Austria
Departmental Talks
April 20171. “History and Philosophy of Origins of Life”Work in Progress Seminar – University of Nevada, Reno
January 20162-3. “What’s Weird About Weird Life?”Philosophy Colloquium – Dalhousie University Center for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics – Dalhousie University
August 20154. “Coevolutionary Free Lunches” (with Darren Abramson)Philosophy Colloquium – Dalhousie University
March 20155. “What it Means When Nature Repeats Itself”Philosophy Colloquium – Dalhousie University
January 20156. “Continua of Convergence”Center for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics – Dalhousie University
March 20137. “What has the Future Ever Done for Me?”Futures: A University Scholars Interdisciplinary Symposium
December 20128. “Universal Evolution: How Persistent Entities Evolve” (with Aryn Conrad)Center for the Philosophy of Biology – Duke University
March 20119. “Astrobiology in Crisis”Legacies: A University Scholars Interdisciplinary Symposium
March 201010. “Science Wars!”Two Cultures: A University Scholars Interdisciplinary Symposium
Community Outreach
Story Collider & Caveat (Supported by the Science Sandbox)September 2017"What is Life?"Interview Guest, Philosophy Communicator (With Carl Zimmer and Sara Imari Walker)
Nevada Humanities Literary CrawlSeptember 2017Bimonthly SalonModerator
Northern Nevada Science AllianceSeptember 2017Dark Nights of Science Lecture SeriesPresenter, Communicator
NASA Astrobiology Institute2013Astro Blitz! (Ask an Astrobiologist) – Organized by the Astrobiology Graduate Conference – Montreal, QuebecPresenter, Communicator

Duke Philosophy

2012“Spot the Fallacy” community-wide event during the first presidential debates – Durham, North CarolinaOrganizer, Presenter, Moderator (With Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Ram Neta)
2008“Spot the Fallacy” community-wide event during the first presidential debates – Durham, North CarolinaOrganizer, Presenter, Moderator
Nationality and Languages

Dual Citizen of U.S.A. & Mexico

Fluent in English and Spanish, moderate level of Portuguese and American Sign Language

 

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