Dr Emily Carter Parke

PhD (University of Pennsylvania)

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Senior Lecturer


I am a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy with a mixed background in philosophy and biology. Before coming to New Zealand I grew up in Seattle, got my BA at Reed College, worked for a synthetic biology company in Italy, and completed my PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.

My research areas include the philosophy of biology, general philosophy of science, bioethics and environmental ethics. A lot of my work focuses on experimental microbiology and other areas of inquiry that challenge our ideas about life and its simplest forms. My current research projects focus on philosophical issues in microbiome research, scientific modelling, astrobiology, conservation biology, and the interface of scientific and indigenous knowledge.

I’m an Associate Editor at the journal Biology & Philosophy, a member of the executive committee of Te Ao Mārama—Centre for Fundamental Inquiry, and PhD Adviser for Philosophy.

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Areas of expertise

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Biology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Armstrong, D., Ellis, L., Hohneck, M., Iorns, C., Knight, J., Littin, K., ... Steeves, T. (2019). Predator Free New Zealand: Social, Cultural, and Ethical Challenges BioHeritage Challenge. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47718
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Russell
  • Woolley, S., Parke, E. C., Kelley, D., Poole, A. M., & Ganley, A. R. D. (2019). Striving for clarity about the "Lamarckian" nature of CRISPR-Cas systems. BIOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY, 34 (1)10.1007/s10539-018-9662-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sam Woolley, David Kelley, Anthony Poole, Austen Ganley
  • O'Malley MA, & Parke, E. (2018). Microbes, mathematics, and models. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 72, 1-10. 10.1016/j.shpsa.2018.07.001
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42666
  • Parke, E. C., Calcott, B., & O'Malley MA (2018). A cautionary note for claims about the microbiome's impact on the "self". PLoS biology, 16 (9)10.1371/journal.pbio.2006654
  • Parke, E. C., & Russell, J. C. (2018). Ethical responsibilities in invasion biology. The Ecological Citizen, 2 (1), 17-19. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Russell
  • Parke, E. C. (2014). Experiments, Simulations, and Epistemic Privilege. Philosophy of Science, 81 (4), 516-536. 10.1086/677956
  • Parke, E. C. (2014). Flies from meat and wasps from trees: Reevaluating Francesco Redi’s spontaneous generation experiments. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 45, 34-42. 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.12.005
  • Parke, E. C. (2013). What could arsenic bacteria teach us about life?. Biology & Philosophy, 28 (2), 205-218. 10.1007/s10539-012-9338-y

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ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 4, Room 427
New Zealand

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