Aleta Quinn

Aleta Quinn
  • University of Idaho; Smithsonian Institution
  • Assistant Professor; Research Collaborator
  • Affiliation During NDIAS Fellowship: Smithsonian Institution; University of Pittsburgh
  • Residential Fellow (2015-2016)
  • "Hypotheses and Inference in Biological Systematics"

Aleta Quinn graduated from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015.

She is a philosopher of science with research interests in the history and philosophy of biology and the role of values in science. Her research has focused on the science that discovers biodiversity.

She has published in Biology and Philosophy, De Ethica, Journal of the History of Biology, Journal of Mammalogy, Mammalian Species Accounts, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Synthese, and Zookeys. She is co-author of “Taxonomic Revision of the Olingos (Bassaricyon), with Description of a New Species, the Olinguito” (2013). The discovery of the Olinguito received the 2014 Top 10 New Species Award from the International Institute for Species Exploration.

Her research awards include a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, a Provost’s Development Fund Award from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.