Robert N. Brandon
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Harvard University 1979
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1974
Brandon, R. N. “The concept of the environment in evolutionary theory.” In The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics, 19–35, 2012.
Brandon, R. N. “The Concept of the Environment in Evolutionary Theory.” In The Environment: Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, edited by M. O’rourke and M. Slater, Vol. 9. MIT Press, 2011.
Brandon, R. N., and Grant Ramsey. “What’s Wrong with the Emergentist Statistical Interpretation of Natural Selection and Random Drift.” In The Cambridge Companion to Philosophy of Biology, edited by Michael Ruse and David Hull. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
McShea, Daniel W., Steve C. Wang, and Robert N. Brandon. “A quantitative formulation of biology's first law.” Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 73, no. 6 (June 2019): 1101–15. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.13735. Full Text
Fleming, Leonore, and Robert Brandon. “Why flying dogs are rare: A general theory of luck in evolutionary transitions.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 49 (February 2015): 24–31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2014.10.006. Full Text
Brandon, R., and L. Fleming. “Drift sometimes dominates selection, and vice versa: A reply to Clatterbuck, Sober and Lewontin.” Biology and Philosophy 29, no. 4 (January 1, 2014): 577–85. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-014-9437-z. Full Text
Ramsey, G., and R. Brandon. “Why reciprocal altruism is not a kind of group selection.” Biology and Philosophy 26, no. 3 (May 1, 2011): 385–400. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-011-9261-7. Full Text
Brandon, R. N. “A non-newtonian newtonian model of evolution: The ZFEL view.” Philosophy of Science 77, no. 5 (January 1, 2010): 702–15. https://doi.org/10.1086/656901. Full Text
Brandon, Robert N. “The Principle of Drift: Biology's First Law.” The Journal of Philosophy CII, no. 7 (July 2006): 319–35.
Brandon, R. N. “The difference between selection and drift: A reply to Millstein.” Biology and Philosophy 20, no. 1 (January 1, 2005): 153–70. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-004-1070-9. Full Text
Brandon, R. N. “The Units of Selection Revisited: The Modules of Selection.” Biology and Philosophy 14, no. 2 (January 1, 1999): 167–80. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1006682200831. Full Text
Post-doctoral/Graduate Research and Training Program in Philosophy of Biology awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2008
Theory and Experiment in Population Biology awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1995
The Concept of the Environment in the Theory of Natural Selection awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1987 to 1988