About Zach

Postdoctoral researcher in microbial evolutionary genomics at the Technical University of Munich, with an interest in the philosophy of biology and the relationship between evidence and Christian faith.

PhD on analysis of microbial experimental evolution to be awarded by the University of Auckland on 1st May 2017
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,
and others.

Publications:
A number of scientific articles from the PhD thesis and recent postdoctoral work are currently being written, to be submitted in the first half of 2017. One submitted to a philosophy of biology journal, one other has been published as a book chapter in an edited collection published by Springer.

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).
Radio debate with Prof Peter Atkins (University of Oxford) for the show ‘Unbelievable’, July 2015.

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