Beckett Sterner studies how mathematics is transforming biology, including biodiversity data aggregation, evolution of biological individuality, evolutionary tempo and mode, and methodology in systematic biology. He came to ASU in 2016 as an assistant professor in the Biology and Society Program and affiliated faculty in philosophy.

He started his career working in a computational biology lab studying protein function during college at MIT, and then switched to doing history and philosophy of science for his doctorate at the University of Chicago.

His research focuses on the question, When and why is mathematics useful for biology? Biologis…

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