Kate Lynch

Kate Lynch

Kate is a Research Fellow at both the University of Sydney (philosophy) and Macquarie University (Biology). She uses a combination of experimental genetics and philosophical theory to understand the way in which genetic causes operate. She is currently working with the Australian Research Council, Horticulture Innovation Australia, and the Templeton Foundation to better understand the causal interplay of genetics and the environment, and how this differs from current folk and biological theories of causation and evolution.




Lynch, K. E. (2019). Why microbes, not microbiomes, are better causal explanations in gut-brain research. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 42. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X18002820
Lynch, K. E., Parke, E. C., & O’Malley, M. A. (2019, February 28). How Causal are Microbiomes? A Comparison with the Helicobacter pylori Explanation of Ulcers [Preprint]. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/15777/ Download


Lynch, K. E., White, T. E., & Kemp, D. J. (2018). The effect of captive breeding upon adult thermal preference in the Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni). Journal of Thermal Biology, 78, 290–297. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2018.10.005 Download
Lynch, K. E., Morandini, J. S., Dar-Nimrod, I., & Griffiths, P. E. (2018). Causal Reasoning About Human Behavior Genetics: Synthesis and Future Directions. Behavior Genetics, 1–14. https://doi.org/10/gd2zfn Download


Lynch, K. E., & Bourrat, P. (2017). Interpreting heritability causally. Philosophy of Science, 84(1). https://doi.org/10.1086/688933
Lynch, K. E. (2017). Heritability and causal reasoning. Biology & Philosophy, 32(1), 25–49. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-016-9535-1 Download


Lynch, K. (2016). Gene-Environment Correlation. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 1–4). Cham: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1470-1 Download