Kate Lynch

Kate Lynch

Kate is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, with a background working as both a philosopher and biologist. She uses a combination of experimental approaches and philosophical theory to understand conceptual issues intersecting the two fields. Kate is involved in multiple collaborative projects with ecologists, geneticists, ethologists, psychologists, medical practitioners and philosophers. Her current interests include: the way in which genetic causes operate and are understood; the kinds of causal claims made in microbiology; how to most effectively practice conservation biology; gene-environment interplays in development and evolution; and the influence of genetic technologies on society.






Lynch, K. E., & Blumstein, D. T. (2020). Hidden ethical costs of conservation. Science, 370(6513), 179–180. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abe2505 Download
Lynch, K. E., & Blumstein, D. T. (2020). Effective Conservation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2020.07.011 Download
Lynch, K. E., Parke, E. C., & O’Malley, M. A. (2020). Microbiome causality: further reflections (a response to our commentators). Biology & Philosophy, 35(2), 29. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-020-9742-7 Download
Lynch, K., & Blumstein, D. (2020). Conflicts and triage. Animal Sentience, 4(27). https://animalstudiesrepository.org/animsent/vol4/iss27/24
Blumstein, D., & Lynch, K. (2020). Innovative, yes: But is it rewilding? Animal Sentience, 5(28). https://animalstudiesrepository.org/animsent/vol5/iss28/8


O’Neill, S. J., White, T. E., Lynch, K. E., & Kemp, D. J. (2019). Male guppies differ in daily frequency but not diel pattern of display under daily light changes. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 73(11), 157. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-019-2768-7 Download
Lynch, K. E. (2019). Heritability. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1–6). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_41-1 Download
Lynch, K. E. (2019). Gut Microbiome. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1–6). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2782-1 Download
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]. http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/15777/ Download


Dar-Nimrod, I., MacNevin, G., Godwin, A., Lynch, K., Magory Cohen, T., Ganesan, A., & Morandini, J. (2018). Genetic Knowledge within a National Australian Sample: Comparisons with Other Diverse Populations. Public Health Genomics, 21(3–4), 133–143. https://doi.org/10.1159/000496381
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 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