Michael R. Dietrich
Professor of Biological SciencesAffiliated Faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
My scholarship cuts across history, philosophy, and sociology of science as well as biology itself. Being embedded in a biology department has reinforced this interdisciplinary perspective and has allowed me to gain a much deeper appreciation of how biologists work, make decisions, and communicate what they know to both students and colleagues.
Michael R. Dietrich, “Experimenting with Sex: Four Approaches to the Genetics of Sex Reversal before 1950,” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (2016).
Nathan Crowe, Michael R. Dietrich, Beverly Alomepe, Amelia Antrim, Bay Lauris ByrneSim, and Yi He, “The Diversification of Developmental Biology,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 53 (2015), 1-15.
Michael R. Dietrich, “Explaining the “Pulse of Protoplasm”: The Search for Molecular Mechanisms of Protoplasmic Streaming,” Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 57 (2015): 14-22.
Michael R. Dietrich, Rachel Ankeny, Patrick Chen, “Publication Trends in Model Organism Research, “ Genetics 198 (2014), 1-8.
Outsider Scientists: Routes to Innovation in Biology. Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2013).
“Molecular Evolution” in The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators. Kostas Kampourakis, Editor, (Dordrecht: Springer Verlag, 2013), 239-248.
The Educated Eye: Visual Culture and Pedagogy in the Life Sciences. Nancy Anderson and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2012).
Nancy Anderson and Michael R. Dietrich, “Visual Lessons and the Life Sciences ,” The Educated Eye: Visual Culture and Pedagogy in the Life Sciences, Nancy Anderson and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2012), 1-13.
Robert A. Skipper, Jr. and Michael R. Dietrich, “Sewall Wright's Adaptive Landscape: Philosophical Reflections on Heuristic Value,” inThe Adaptive Landscape in Evolutionary Biology, Erik Svensson & Ryan Calsbeek, Editors. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 3-15.
Michael R. Dietrich and Robert A. Skipper, Jr., “A Shifting Terrain: A Brief History of the Adaptive Landscape,” in The Adaptive Landscape in Evolutionary Biology, Erik Svensson & Ryan Calsbeek, Editors. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 16-25.
"Editorial Introduction," Journal of the History of Biology 45 (2012), 1.
Book Review, "Manfred Laubichler and Gerd B. Mueller, Editors,Modeling Biology: Structures, Behaviors, Evolution," History and Philosophy of the LIfe Sciences 34 (2012), 503-504.
“Reinventing Richard Goldschmidt: Reputation, Memory, and Biography,” Journal of the History of Biology 44(2011), 693-712.
Book Review, “Beyond The Double Helix: A Review of Robert Olby’sFrancis Crick: Hunter of Life’s Secrets,” The Mendel Newsletter 18 (2010), 22-24. http://www.amphilsoc.org/library/mendel
Book Review, “Philip Thurtle, The Emergence of Genetic Rationality,”Journal of the History of Biology 43 (2010), 621-622.
Roberta L. Millstein, Robert A. Skipper, Jr., and Michael R. Dietrich, “(Mis)interpreting Mathematical Models of Drift: Drift as a Physical Process,” Philosophy and Theory in Biology 1:e002 (2009), 1-13. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.6959004.0001.002
“Microevolution and Macroevolution Are Governed by the Same Processes” in Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology. Francisco J. Ayala and Robert Arp, Editors. (Blackwell Publishing, 2009), 169-179.
Kevin J. Peterson, Michael R. Dietrich, and Mark A. McPeek, “miRNAs and Metazoan Macroevolution: Insights into Canalization, Complexity, and the Cambrian Explosion,” Bioessays 31 (2009), 736-747.
Gregory K. Davis, Michael R. Dietrich, and David Jacobs, "Homeotic Mutants and the Assimilation of Developmental Genetics into the Evolutionary Synthesis," in Joe Cain and Michael Ruse, Eds.,Descended from Darwin: Insights into American Evolutionary Studies, 1900-1970 (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, volume 99, part 1, 2009), pp. 133-154.
“The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change,” Evolution: The First Four Billion Years. Michael Ruse and Joe Travis, Eds., (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009), pp. 602-603.
Book Review, "The Rise of the Classical Gene: Review of James Schwartz’ In Pursuit of the Gene,” Evolution and Development 11 (2009), 326-327.
Book Review, “Frederick Grinnell, Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and passion Meet Objectivity and Logic,” The Quarterly Review of Biology 84 (2009), 278.
Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology. Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich,Editors. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008).
Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, “On Rebels, Icons, and the Value of Dissent” in Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology. Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008), pp. 1-19.
“Striking the Hornet’s Nest: Richard Goldschmidt’s Rejection of the Particulate Gene” in Rebels, Mavericks, and Heretics in Biology. Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, Editors. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008), pp. 119-136.
Oren Harman and Michael R. Dietrich, “Dynamic Dissent: Iconoclasts, both visionary and misguided, have advanced modern biology,“ The Chronicle Review 54 (July 11, 2008), B7-8.
“From Genetics to Genomics: A Series of Five Lectures,” The Second Tsinghua Seminar for History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Institute of Science, Technology, and Society, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. August 18-22, 2015.
“DNA Evolution and the Multi-Model Regress in Molecular Systematics,” Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, August 2015.
“Finding the Pulse of Protoplasm: The Search for Mechanisms of Protoplasmic Streaming,” International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, Montreal, Canada, July 2015.
“DNA Evolution and the Multi-Model Regress,” Gulbenkian Institute of Science, Oeiras, Portugal. January 2015.
“Finding the Pulse of Protoplasm: The Search for Mechanisms of Protoplasmic Streaming,” Updating Cowdry at the MBL, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. October 2104.
“The Rise of Developmental Biology: Research Diversification and Discipline Formation, After the Second World War,” Washington University, St. Louis, October 2014.
“The Molecular Transformation of Evolutionary Biology,” Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics Group, University of Lyon, France, April 2014.
“Models, Methods, and Inference in Molecular Evolution,” Semovi: Rhône-Alpes Seminar in Biological Modeling, Lyon, France, April 2014.
Works in Progress
Richard Goldschmidt's Heresies: A Biography of a Bad Reputation (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, Under Contract).
Michael R. Dietrich, Roberta Millstein, and Robert A. Skipper, Jr., Survival of the Luckiest: Perspectives on Random Drift in Evolutionary Biology (In Progress).
The Historiography of Biology, Michael R. Dietrich and Mark Borrello, Editors. Springer. (In Progress).
Honors and Awards
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Section L, October 2012.