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Wendy Parker

Wendy Parker, Professor

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Wendy Parker, Professor

Department of Philosophy
229 Major Williams Hall 0126
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg VA 24061

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
  • Evidence
  • Uncertainty assessment
  • Values in science
  • Data and measurement
  • Explanation 
  • 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.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • 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.

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