Jonathan Beever

The Rock Ethics Institute
Pennsylvania State University
131 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802



Email: jzb18 at psu dot edu

Mailing Address: 131 Sparks Building, The Rock Ethics Instititue, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

Jonathan Jonathan Beever is a postdoctoral scholar at The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University. Beever received his Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University in December 2012. His dissertation entitled The Semiotic Foundation of an Ecological Ethic articulates an ecological approach to intrinsic value in the natural world. He is the co-founder of the Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science, an ongoing seminar series in bioethics at Purdue University ( and the Research Ethics Lecture Series at Penn State University(

My research focuses on issues in applied ethics including environmental bioethics, animal ethics, and issues in ethics and science. I havepublished on a wide range of interrelated topics including ethics and biotechnologies, ethics pedagogy, biosemiotics, environmental ethics, and postmodern environmental politics. My book, Perspectives in Bioethics, Science, and Public Policy (2013), co-edited with Nicolae Morar and published by Purdue University Press, expands the work of the Lectures for use in the classroom and wide readership. I have held fellowships with the Kaufmann Foundation in entrepreneurship, the Aldo Leopold Foundation in conservation ethics, and the Global Sustainable Soundscape Network in soundscape ethics, among others.

I am a member of the team from Purdue who wrote and was awarded one of the NSF’s 2012 competitive multi-year grants within their Ethics Education for Science and Engineering program and continues work as a consultant on that project.

In my current position, I am excited to continue ongoing work and to develop new relationships around issues in ethics, science, and the environment ranging from University-level research ethics to soundscape ecology.

The overarching goal of my work is to understand and impact the ways in which we all relate to the rest of the natural world.

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