Curriculum Vitae

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

Academic Positions

August 2016 –

University of Nevada, Reno
Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy

Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology (EECB) Program

Integrative Neuroscience Program

September 2014 – July 2016

Dalhousie University
Herzberg Postdoctoral Fellow

Supervisor:  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

August 2008 – September 2014

Duke University
Ph.D. in Philosophy

Dissertation: 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 2012

M.A. in Philosophy
New Mexico State University

August 2002 – December 2006

B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications

Honors 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

Forthcoming

2. Mariscal C, Fleming L: “Why We Should Care About Universal Biology”

Biological Theory

2016

3. Mariscal C, Petropanagos A: “CRISPR as a Driving Force: The Model T of Biotechnology”

Monash Bioethics Review 34(2), 101-116

2016

4. Booth A, Mariscal C, Doolittle WF: “Modern Synthesis is the Light of Microbial Genomics”

Annual Reviews of Microbiology 70(1), 279-297

2015

5. 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

2015

6. 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

2015

7. Mariscal C: “Assessing Universality from a Single Example”

In: Dick, S.J. (ed.), The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

2015

8. 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

2017

1. Mariscal C: “Universal Biology Does Not Prescribe Planetary Isolationism”

Theology and Science 15(2), 150-152.

2015

2. Mariscal C, Petropanagos A: “Not Your Grandpa’s Biotechnology”
Book Reviews

2014

2. 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.

2011

3. Mariscal C: “Epistemology, necessity, and evolution: a critical review of Michael Ruse’s Philosophy After Darwin”

Biology & Philosophy 26: 449-457.

Policy Reviews

February 2016

1. Mariscal C, Petropanagos A: “Response to Genome Editing: Open Call for Evidence”

Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Works in Progress

Minor Revisions

1. Mariscal C, Doolittle WF: “Life and Life Only: A Radical Alternative to Life Definitionism”

In Preparation

2. 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

2017

International Faculty Travel Grant

$1,000 USD to present my work in Brazil

2017

Earth 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

2016

The Royal Society of Canada Open Academy

$3,000 USD to invite an international speaker and host a public event

Duke University

2013-2014

Katherine Goodman Stern Dissertation Year Fellowship

Tuition plus $27,000 over one year

2011-2012

Franklin Humanities Institute Digital Scholarship Initiative Seed Grant

$1,000 to start a new on-campus topical group

2008-2014

Melinda French Gates’ University Scholars Program Fellow

$135,000 over five years

2008-2013

James B. Duke Endowment Fellow

Tuition plus $20,000 over four years

Professional Service and Development

Conferences/Workshops/Symposia Organized

Scheduled April 2018

1. SoCIA 2018: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology – Primary Organizer

University of Nevada, Reno – Reno, Nevada, USA

August 2017

2. Universal Biology: Investigating Life as it Must Be – Primary Organizer

Earth Life Sciences Institute Origins Network – Tokyo Tech, Japan

September 2016

3. SoCIA 2016: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology – Co-Organizer

International Consortium for the History & Philosophy of Biology Off-Year Workshop – Clemson, South Carolina

June 2013

4. Information & Transmission: Eighth Annual Research Workshop – Primary Organizer, Commentator

International 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 2013

5. Futures – Co-Organizer, Presenter

University Scholars Program – Duke University

March 2010

6. Legacy – Co-Organizer, Presenter

University Scholars Program – Duke University

May 2009

7. Form, Function, and Homology: Fourth Annual Research Workshop – Co-Organizer, Commentator

International 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 Astrobiology

Co-Founder, Vice President

2014-2016

Evo Devo Universe

Co-Director

2011-2015

International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology

Webmaster, Publications Board Member

2010-2014

Duke Center for the Philosophy of Biology

Organizer, Assistant Director, Conference Organizer, Fund Raiser, Web Designer, Web Master

Recent Mentorship of Graduate Students

2016 –

1. James A. Smith

Currently working toward an M.A. in History of Science

2014-2016

2. Tyler D.P. Brunet

M.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 Dietlein

Currently working toward a B.A. in 2018 in Philosophy

2010-2014

2. Palden Gyal

B.A. 2014 in Philosophy and Political Science

Currently Divinity Student in Harvard University

2012-2014

3. Shelly Li

B.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 2017

1. 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 2015

2. 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 2015

3. 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 Department

Events Committee                           2017 –

Communications Liason         2016 –

Philosophy Club Adviser        2016 –

2015 – 2016

Dalhousie Postdoctoral Researcher’s Union

Vice-President, Bargaining Committee Union Representative

2014-2016

Dalhousie Evolution Studies Group

Primary Organizer

2012-2013

Duke Philosophy Department

Graduate Representative, Hiring Committee Member

2010-2012

Duke Kenan Institute for Ethics

Graduate Assistant

2009 – 2010 & 2012 – 2013

Duke University Scholars Program

Graduate 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 Science

Flagship course for the First Year Dalhousie Integrated Science Program

Duke University

PHIL 150: Logic
PHIL 103S: Introduction to Philosophy
Presentations
Invited Talks

August 2016

1. "LUCA, Life, and its Many Origins"

ELSI Origins Network: History and Philosophy of Origins Research – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

May 2016

2. "LUCA, Life, and its Many Origins"

LUCA, its contemporaries and their viruses: 20 years after – La Fondation des Treilles, Tourtour, France

February 2016

3. “Life is Not a Natural Kind (or: On the Meaning of ‘Life.’)”

Bryn Mawr College – Department of Philosophy

January 2016

4. “Going to Extremes: Exploring Life’s Limits”

University of Washington – Department of Philosophy and the Astrobiology Program

January 2016

5. “What is Weird About Weird Life?”

Rhodes College – Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

January 2016

6. “The Logic of Evolutionary Theory (And the Theory of Evolutionary Logic)”

University of Nevada, Reno – Department of Philosophy

September 2014

7. “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 2014

8. “Evaluating Potential Evolutionary Systems in the Universe”

Dalhousie University – Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Department of Philosophy

December 2013

9. “Evolution is not Reducible to Physics”

New Mexico State University – Department of Philosophy

Papers Presented

September 2017

1. “Regarding Biology as a Universal Science”

American Association of Mexican Philosophers 11th Annual Conference – Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado

August 2017

2. “Regarding Biology as a Universal Science”

Earth Life Sciences Institute Origins Network Universal Biology Workshop – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

July 2017

3. “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 2017

4. “Why Research Universal Biology?”

Earth Life Sciences Institute Young Researchers Day (ELSI YRD), Fifth Annual Symposium – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

September 2016

5. “LUCA, Life, and its Many Origins”

SoCIA 2016: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology – Clemson University, South Carolina

May 2016

6. “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 2015

7. “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 2015

8. “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 2014

9. “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 2013

10. “How to Make a ‘Universal Biology’”

AbGradCon’13 (The International Annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference) – McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

June 2012

11. “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 2011

12. “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 2010

13. “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 2007

14. “Group Selection Adaptationism”

New Mexico/West Texas Philosophical Society Annual Conference – University of Texas at El Paso, Texas

Invited Research Workshops

September 2016

1. SoCIA 2016: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop – Clemson, South Carolina , USA

August 2016

2. History and Philosophy of Origins Research Workshop

Earth-Life Sciences Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology – Tokyo, Japan

May 2016

3. LUCA, its contemporaries and their viruses: 20 years after

La Fondation des Treilles – Tourtour, France

August 2015

4. ELSI Origins Network Origins of Life Roadmap International Workshop

Earth-Life Sciences Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology – Tokyo, Japan

December 2014

5. Workshop on Evolutionary Genomics of Symbiosis

Dalhousie University and Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

October 2011

6. Evolution, Astrobiology, and Synthetic Biology: Defining the Common Foundations

NESCent – Durham, North Carolina, USA

Research Workshops Attended

July 2017

1. Function and Biological Explanation

Acadia University – Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

October 2015

2. Information Gathering Meeting for the International Summit on Human Gene Editing

The 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 2013

3. International Summer Program on Evolution

Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab – Lisbon, Portugal

June 2013

4. NASA Proposal Research Focus Group

AbGradCon RFG: Tied for First Place Prize for Research Proposal – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

July 2010

5. The Science of the Conscious Mind

Vienna Summer University (VISU) – Vienna, Austria

Departmental Talks

April 2017

1. “History and Philosophy of Origins of Life”

Work in Progress Seminar – University of Nevada, Reno

January 2016

2-3. “What’s Weird About Weird Life?”

Philosophy Colloquium – Dalhousie University
Center for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics – Dalhousie University

August 2015

4. “Coevolutionary Free Lunches” (with Darren Abramson)

Philosophy Colloquium – Dalhousie University

March 2015

5. “What it Means When Nature Repeats Itself”

Philosophy Colloquium – Dalhousie University

January 2015

6. “Continua of Convergence”

Center for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics – Dalhousie University

March 2013

7. “What has the Future Ever Done for Me?”

Futures: A University Scholars Interdisciplinary Symposium

December 2012

8. “Universal Evolution: How Persistent Entities Evolve” (with Aryn Conrad)

Center for the Philosophy of Biology – Duke University

March 2011

9. “Astrobiology in Crisis”

Legacies: A University Scholars Interdisciplinary Symposium

March 2010

10. “Science Wars!”

Two Cultures: A University Scholars Interdisciplinary Symposium

Community Outreach

September 2017

Story Collider & Caveat (Supported by the Science Sandbox)
"What is Life?"

Interview Guest, Philosophy Communicator

(With Carl Zimmer and Sara Imari Walker)

September 2017

Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl
Bimonthly Salon

Moderator

September 2017

Northern Nevada Science Alliance
Dark Nights of Science Lecture Series

Presenter, Communicator

2013

NASA Astrobiology Institute
Astro Blitz! (Ask an Astrobiologist) – Organized by the Astrobiology Graduate Conference – Montreal, Quebec

Presenter, Communicator

Duke Philosophy

2012

“Spot the Fallacy” community-wide event during the first presidential debates – Durham, North Carolina

Organizer, Presenter, Moderator

(With Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Ram Neta)

2008

“Spot the Fallacy” community-wide event during the first presidential debates – Durham, North Carolina

Organizer, 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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