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Prior to coming to Australia, Pierrick was a research associate at the University of Oxford, working in the cognitive and evolutionary science of religion. Pierrick completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2015. In 2015-2016, he was an ARC postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at the University of Sydney. He was awarded a Macquarie University Research Fellowship in 2017.

Pierrick has taught at the University of Sydney.

Research interests

Pierrick's main research interest is the philosophy of biology and more particularly the evolutionary side of it. His other areas of interest include the psychology of altruism, cultural evolution and the cognitive science of religion.

Pierrick is currently working on his project on the origins and maintenance of individuality in evolution. This involves questions about levels of selection, heritability and reductionism.

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Constructing Objective Biological Criteria of Health

Bourrat, P., Griffiths, P., Rainey, P., Nesse, R. & Gray, R. D.


Project: Research

Research Outputs

Ecological scaffolding and the evolution of individuality

Black, A. J., Bourrat, P. & Rainey, P. B., Mar 2020, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 4, 3, p. 426-436 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Natural selection and the reference grain problem

    Bourrat, P., Apr 2020, In : Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 80, p. 1-8 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Adaptations: product of evolution

    Bourrat, P., 27 Mar 2019, Encyclopedia of evolutionary psychological science. Shackelford, T. K. & Weekes-Shackelford, V. A. (eds.). Springer, Springer Nature, p. 1-4 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference book

    Evolutionary transitions in heritability and individuality

    Bourrat, P., Nov 2019, In : Theory in Biosciences. 138, 2, p. 305-323 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Evolution is about populations, but its causes are about individuals

    Bourrat, P., Dec 2019, In : Biological Theory. 14, 4, p. 254-266 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle