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Derek Turner

Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment

Expertise: Philosophy of Science (especially biology, paleontology, archaeology, the geosciences, & evolutionary theory), & Environmental Philosophy


  • Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Research Award (2017)
  • Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Philosophy of Science, University of Calgary, Canada (2017)
  • My most recent book is Paleoaesthetics and the Practice of Paleontology (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
  • I published a paper this year with a student, Junhyung Han ’23, on “Living Fossils and Conservation Values.” It is available open access in Frontiers in Earth Sciences.

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