Andrew Inkpen | Mount Allison

Andrew Inkpen

Assistant Professor


Andrew Inkpen is an Assistant Professor at Mount Allison University in the Department of Philosophy and an Associate Fellow in the History of Science and Technology Programme at the University of King’s College. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia and has held positions at Dalhousie University, Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Brandon University. His research in the history and philosophy of science focuses on conceptual and methodological issues in ecology and evolutionary biology. He’s also a project leader for the McDonnell Initiative at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, where he focuses on facilitating collaborations between humanities researchers and life scientists with the aim of transforming the research of both fields through interactions and the co-production of knowledge. He is co-author of the forthcoming book Can Microbial Communities Regenerate? (University of Chicago Press; 


- Inkpen, S. A., & Doolittle, W. F. (forthcoming) Can Microbial Communities Regenerate? Uniting Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. University of Chicago Press.

- Gillette, K., Inkpen, S. A., & DesRoches, C. T. (2021). Does environmental science crowd out non-epistemic values?. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 87, 81-92.

- Inkpen, S. A., & DesRoches, C. T. (2020). When ecology needs economics and economics needs ecology: Interdisciplinary exchange during the anthropocene. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 23(2), 203-221.

- Inkpen, S. A. (2019). Philosophy of biology: health, ecology and the microbiome. Elife, 8, e47626.

- Doolittle, W. F., & Inkpen, S. A. (2018). Processes and patterns of interaction as units of selection: An introduction to ITSNTS thinking. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(16), 4006-4014.

- Inkpen, S. A. (2017). Demarcating nature, defining ecology: Creating a rationale for the study of nature’s “primitive conditions”. Perspectives on Science, 25(3), 355-392.

- Inkpen, S. A. (2014). ‘The art itself is nature’: Darwin, domestic varieties and the scientific revolution. Endeavour, 38(3-4), 246-256.


PhD (UBC) 2014
BSc (SMU) 2008


Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Environmental Philosophy


History and Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Biology
Environmental Ethics