The following is a list of all publications by staff and/or students of the Theory and Method in Biosciences team for the past five years.


Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (Under review). When is a biological cause a source of information? Biology and Philosophy.
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (In Press). Biological Information, causality and specificity – an intimate relationship. In S. I. Walker, P. Davies, & G. Ellis, From Matter to Life: Information and Causality. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University  Press. Download
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (In Press). Genetic, epigenetic and exogenetic information. In R. Joyce, Routledge Handbook of Evolution and Philosophy. London & New York: Routledge. Download
Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (In Press). Developmental Systems Theory as a Process Theory. In D. J. Nicholson & J. Dupre, Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.
Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (In Press). How DST Became a Process Theory. In D. J. Nicholson & J. Dupre, Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Calcott, B., Griffiths, P. E., & Pocheville, A. (In Press). Signals that make a Difference. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Download
Pocheville, A. (under review). Causal specificity, information flow, and causal independence.
Pocheville, A., Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (In Press). Comparing causes – an information-theoretic approach to specificity, proportionality and stability. In H. Leitgeb, I. Niiniluoto, E. Sober, & Seppälä, Päivi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. London: College Publications. Download
Matthewson, J., & Griffiths, P. E. (In Press). Biological Criteria of Disease. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.


Griffiths, P. E., & Matthewson, J. (2016). Evolution, dysfunction and disease: a reappraisal. British Journal For The Philosophy of Science.
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. E. (2016). Epigenetics: ambiguities and implications. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 38(4). Retrieved from
Dagaeff, A.-C., Pocheville, A., Nöbel, S., Loyau, A., Isabel, G., & Danchin, E. (2016). Drosophila mate copying correlates with atmospheric pressure in a speed learning situation. Animal Behaviour, 121, 163–174.
Fang, W. (2016). Holistic modeling: an objection to Weisberg’s weighted feature-matching account. Synthese, 1–22.
Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. (2016). A niche for the genome. Biology & Philosophy, 31(1), 143 – 157.
Griffiths, P. E. (2016). Proximate and Ultimate Information in Biology. In M. Couch & J. Pfeifer (Eds.), The Philosophy of Philip Kitcher (pp. 74–91). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Stotz, K., & Griffiths, P. (2015). Dissecting Developmental Biology. Review of “Towards a Theory of Development.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
Griffiths, P. E., & Hochman, A. (2015, October 15). Developmental Systems Theory. In John Wiley & Sons Ltd (Ed.), eLS (pp. 1–7). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Retrieved from
Griffiths, P. E., Pocheville, A., Calcott, B., Stotz, K., Kim, Hyunju, & Knight, R. (2015). Measuring Causal Specificity. Philosophy of Science, 82(4), 529–555.
Ronai, I., Barton, D. A., Oldroyd, B. P., & Vergoz, V. (2015). Regulation of oogenesis in honey bee workers via programed cell death. Journal of Insect Physiology, 81, 36–41.
Ronai, I., Oldroyd, B. P., Barton, D. A., Cabanes, G., Lim, J., & Vergoz, V. (2015). Anarchy Is a Molecular Signature of Worker Sterility in the Honey Bee. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msv202.
Griffiths, P. E., & West, C. (2015). A balanced intervention ladder: promoting autonomy through public health action. Public Health, 129(8), 1092–1098.
Magnusson, R. S., & Griffiths, P. E. (2015). Who’s afraid of the nanny state? Introduction to a symposium. Public Health, 129(8), 1017–1020.
Bourrat, P. (2015). Distinguishing Natural Selection from Other Evolutionary Processes in the Evolution of Altruism. Biological Theory, 1–11.
Bourrat, P. (2015). Levels of Selection Are Artefacts of Different Fitness Temporal Measures. Ratio, 28(1), 40 – 50.
Bourrat, P. (2015). Origins and Evolution of Religion from a Darwinian Point of View: Synthesis of Different Theories. In T. Heams, P. Huneman, G. Lecointre, & M. Silberstein (Eds.), Handbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the Sciences (pp. 761–780). Springer Netherlands. Retrieved from
Bourrat, P. (2015). Levels, Time and Fitness in Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality. Philosophy & Theory in Biology, 7.
Calcott, B., Levy, A., Siegal, M. L., Soyer, O. S., & Wagner, A. (2015). Engineering and biology: counsel for a continued relationship. Biological Theory, 10(1), 50–59. Retrieved from
Frandsen, P. B., Calcott, B., Mayer, C., & Lanfear, R. (2015). Automatic selection of partitioning schemes for phylogenetic analyses using iterative k-means clustering of site rates. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15(1), 13.
Griffiths, P. E. (2015). Conceptual change and conceptual diversity contribute to progress in science. In G. Bammer (Ed.), Change! Combining Analytic Approaches with Street Wisdom (pp. 163–176). Acton, ACT: Australian National University Press.
Griffiths, P. E., & Wilkins, J. S. (2015). Crossing the Milvian Bridge: When Do Evolutionary Explanations of Belief Debunk Belief? In P. Sloan, G. McKenny, & K. Eggelson (Eds.), Darwin in the 21st Century: Nature, Humanity, and God (pp. 201–231). Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press.
Pocheville, A. (2015). The Ecological Niche: History and Recent Controversies. In Handbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the Sciences (pp. 547–586). Springer. Retrieved from
Pocheville, A., & Danchin, E. (2015). Physiology and evolution at the crossroads of plasticity and inheritance. J Physiol, 593, 2243–2243.


Stotz, K. (2014). Extended evolutionary psychology: the importance of transgenerational developmental plasticity. Frontiers in Psychology, 5.
Calcott, B. (2014). The Creation and Reuse of Information in Gene Regulatory Networks. Philosophy of Science, 81(5), 879–890.
Misof, B., Liu, S., Meusemann, K., Peters, R. S., Donath, A., Mayer, C., … Zhou, X. (2014). Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution. Science, 346(6210), 763–767.
Bourrat, P. (2014). How to Read “Heritability” in the Recipe Approach to Natural Selection. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, axu015.
Lanfear, R., Calcott, B., Kainer, D., Mayer, C., & Stamatakis, A. (2014). Selecting optimal partitioning schemes for phylogenomic datasets. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14(1), 82.
Calcott, B. (2014). Engineering and evolvability. Biology & Philosophy, 29(3), 293–313. Retrieved from
Danchin, E., & Pocheville, A. (2014). Inheritance is where physiology meets evolution. J Physiol, 592, 2307–2317.
Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (2014). Conceptual Barriers to Interdisciplinary Communication. In M. O’Rourke Crowley,Stephen, Eigenbrode, Sanford D. .. Wulfhorst, J. . (Ed.), Enhancing Communication & Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research. Sage.
Longo, G., Montévil, M., & Pocheville, A. (2014). L’incompressible complexité du réel et la construction évolutive du simple. Retrieved from
Pocheville, A., & Montévil, M. (2014). Ecological Models for Gene Therapy. I. Models for Intraorganismal Ecology. Biol Theory, 9, 401–413.
Pocheville, A., Montévil, M., & Ferrière, R. (2014). Ecological Models for Gene Therapy. II. Niche Construction, Nongenetic Inheritance, and Ecosystem Perturbations. Biol Theory, 9, 414–422.


Bourrat, P. (2013). From survivors to replicators: evolution by natural selection revisited. Biology & Philosophy, 29(4), 517–538.
Calcott, B. (2013). Why how and why aren’t enough: more problems with Mayr’s proximate-ultimate distinction. Biology & Philosophy, 28(5), 767–780.
Calcott, B. (2013). Why the Proximate–Ultimate Distinction Is Misleading, and Why It Matters for Understanding the Evolution of Cooperation. In K. Sterelny, R. Joyce, B. Calcott, & B. Fraser (Eds.), Cooperation and its Evolution (pp. 1–31). MIT Press.
Duncan, M. J., Bourrat, P., DeBerardinis, J., & O’Malley, M. A. (2013). Small Things, Big Consequences: Microbiological Perspectives on Biology. In K. Kampourakis (Ed.), The Philosophy of Biology (pp. 373–394). Springer Netherlands. Retrieved from
Griffiths, P. E. (2013). What is Innateness? In S. M. Downes & E. Machery, Arguing About Human Nature: Contemporary Debates. Routledge.
Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Lehrman’s dictum: Information and explanation in developmental biology. Developmental Psychobiology, 55(1), 22–32.
Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Rand on concepts, definitions, and the advance of science: Comments on Gotthelf and Lennox. In A. Gotthelf & J. G. Lennox (Eds.), Concepts and their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on objectivist epistemology (pp. 139–147). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Current emotion research in philosophy. Emotion Review, 5(2), 1–8.
Griffiths, P. E., & Stotz, K. (2013). Genetics and Philosophy: An introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Griffiths, P. E., & Tabery, J. G. (2013). Developmental Systems Theory: What Does it Explain, and How Does It Explain It? In R. M. Lerner & J. B. Benson (Eds.), Embodiment and Epigenesis: Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Understanding the Role of Biology within the Relational Developmental System Part A: Philosophical, Theoretical, and Biological Dimensions (Vol. 45, pp. 65–94). Elsevier.
Griffiths, P. E., & Walsh, E. (2013). Emotion and Expression. In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Pergamon/Elsevier Science.
Vallat, L., Kemper, C., Jung, N., Maumy-Bertrand, M., Bertrand, F., Meyer, N., … Bahram, S. (2013). Reverse-engineering the genetic circuitry of a cancer cell with predicted intervention in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. PNAS, 110, 459–464.
Walsh, E., & Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Emotion, Evolution of. In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Pergamon/Elsevier Science.
Wilkins, J. S., & Griffiths, P. E. (2013). Evolutionary debunking arguments in three domains: Fact, value, and religion. In G. Dawes & J. Maclaurin (Eds.), A New Science of Religion (pp. 133–146). New York: Routledge.