Wendy Parker is professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of climate science/meteorology. To learn more, visit Dr. Parker's website.
- Climate modeling
- Computer simulation
- Uncertainty assessment
- Values in science
- Data and measurement
- PhD in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
- MA in Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
- BA in Philosophy, Northern Illinois University, 1997
- BS in Meteorology, Northern Illinois University, 1997
- Northern Illinois University Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011
- AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship, United States Senate, 2003-2004
Books and Edited Volumes
- Shech, E. and W.S. Parker (Eds.) 2020. John D. Norton’s Material Theory of Induction and Beyond. Special Issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.
- Parker, W.S. (Ed.) 2018. Proceedings of the 25th Biennial Philosophy of Science Association Meeting, Volume 2: Symposium Papers. Philosophy of Science 85(5): 739-1215.
- Parker, W.S. (Ed.) 2017. Proceedings of the 25th Biennial Philosophy of Science Association Meeting, Volume 1: Contributed Papers. Philosophy of Science 84(5): 795-1315.
- Katzav, J. and W.S. Parker (Eds.) 2015. Assessing Climate Models: Knowledge, Values and Policy. Special issue of European Journal for Philosophy of Science 5(2): 141-257.
- de Regt, H.W. and W.S. Parker (Eds.) 2014. Simulation, Visualization and Scientific Understanding. Special issue of Perspectives on Science 22(3): 311-422.
- Parker, W.S. 2020. Evidence and Knowledge from Computer Simulation. Erkenntnis. doi: 10.1007/s10670-020-00260-1 .
- Parker, W.S. 2020. Model Evaluation: An Adequacy-for-Purpose View. Philosophy of Science 87 (3):457-477 .
- Parker, W.S. and G. Lusk 2019. Incorporating user values into climate services. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 100(9): 1643-1650.
- Parker, W.S. 2017. Computer simulation, measurement and data assimilation. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 68(1): 273-304.
- Parker, W.S. and J.S. Risbey 2015. False Precision, Surprise and Improved Uncertainty Assessment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 373(2055): 20140453
- Parker, W.S. 2014. Simulation and understanding in the study of weather and climate. Perspectives on Science 22(3): 336-356.
- Parker, W.S. 2011. When climate models agree: The significance of robust model predictions. Philosophy of Science 78(4): 579-600.
- Parker, W.S. 2009. Does matter really matter? Computer simulations, experiments, and materiality. Synthese 169(3): 483-496
- Parker, W.S. 2008. Franklin, Holmes and the epistemology of computer simulation. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22(2): 165-183.
- Parker, W.S. 2006. Understanding pluralism in climate modeling. Foundations of Science 11(4): 349-368.
- Parker, W.S. 2020. Evaluating Data Journeys: Climategate, Synthetic Data and the Benchmarking of Methods for Climate Data Processing. For S. Leonelli and N. Tempini (Eds.) Data Journeys in the Sciences. Springer, Cham.
- Parker, W.S. 2018. Climate Modeling. In B. Hale and A. Light (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Environmental Ethics.
- Parker, W.S. 2018. The significance of robust climate predictions. In E. Lloyd and E. Winsberg (Eds.) Conceptual and Philosophical Issues in Climate Modeling. [Revised version of "When climate models agree".]
- Parker, W.S. 2016. Environmental Science: Empirical Claims in Environmental Ethics. In S. Gardiner and A. Thompson (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics.
- Parker, W.S. 2014. Climate Change and Social Science. In N. Cartwright and E. Montuschi (Eds.) Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction. OUP.
- Parker, W.S. 2013. Computer Simulation. In S. Psillos and M. Curd (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science, 2nd Edition.
- Parker, W.S. 2011. Communicating Science: Moral Responsibility in Theory and Practice. In D. Scott and B. Francis (Eds.), Debating Science: Deliberation, Values and the Common Good.
- Parker, W.S. 2009. Distinguishing Real Results from Instrumental Artifacts: The Case of the Missing Rain. In G. Hon, J. Schickore, and F. Steinle (Eds.), Going Amiss in Experimental Research (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 267).
- U.S. National Science Foundation Standard Grant SES-1127710: Data Assimilation, Reanalysis & the Construction of Weather and Climate, 2011-2014.
- U.S. National Science Foundation Standard Grant SES-0824287: Ensemble Climate Prediction: Key Questions and Controversies, 2008-2011.
- Co-Editor-in-Chief, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
- Contributing Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report
- Member, US CLIVAR Ocean Uncertainty Quantification Working Group
- Board Member, PhilSci-Archive
- Advisory Board Member, Institute for Data Science (IDAS), Durham University
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