About Zach

Postdoctoral researcher in microbial evolutionary genomics at the Technical University of Munich. My current field of research is on the evolution of overlapping genes in various bacteria, particularly strains of E. coli.
I have additional interests in the philosophy of biology and the relationship between evidence and Christian faith.

My PhD for analysis of microbial experimental evolution was awarded by the University of Auckland on 1st May 2017 (thesis submitted Sept. 2016)
Title: Small Change? Adaptation and its Costs, in Experimental Evolution

PGDipSci in molecular Biology, University of Auckland 2013. Including research papers in ‘the physical basis of molecular genetics’, and ‘science, religion, and atheism’.

BA|BSc conjoint degrees majoring in Philosophy, Economics, and Biology, UoA 2012.

Conference Presentations include:
American Society of Microbiology, first conference on experimental evolution, Washington DC 2014
Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Human Nature conference, Oxford 2015
British Society for the Philosophy of Science annual conference, Manchester 2015
International Conference on the Evolution and Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance, Amsterdam 2015.
Society for Code Biology annual Conference, Jena, Germany 2015
Australasian Mycological Society, Queenstown 2016,
European Advanced Seminars in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences 2016,

Apologetics:

Christian apologetics presentations on science and faith, evidence for God, etc.
Skeptics in the Pub Auckland, April 2015,  ‘Evolution and God’

Debates:
Numerous public debates with skeptics at the University of Auckland, including Peter Harrison (currently President of NZARH).
[available on youtube]
Radio debate with Prof Peter Atkins (University of Oxford) for the show ‘Unbelievable’, July 2015.

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