Jonathan Beever

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Department of Philosophy
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida


Email: jonathan dot beever at ucf dot edu

Mailing Address: Department of Philosophy, University of Central Florida, 4111 Pictor Lane, Orlando, FL 32816


Jonathan Beever is the Assistant Professor of Ethics and Digital Culture in the Department of Philosophy and the Texts & Technology Ph.D. Program at the University of Central Florida. Beever completed postdoctoral appointments at both The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University after taking his Ph.D. from Purdue's Department of Philosophy.

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( Beever has held fellowships with the Kaufmann Foundation in entrepreneurship, the Aldo Leopold Foundation in conservation ethics, and the Global Sustainable Soundscape Network in the ethics of soundscape ecology, among others.

He has co-authored several successful grant proposals in support of his research, which focuses on issues in applied ethics including environmental bioethics, animal ethics, and issues in ethics and science. Beever has published on a wide range of interrelated topics including ethics and biotechnologies, ethics education and pedagogy, biosemiotics, environmental ethics, and postmodern environmental politics.

Generally, his research seeks to understand and impact the ways in which we all relate to and value ecological relationships at the intersections of digital and "analog" environments. His work as a whole seeks to understand and impact that ways we relate to and value the rest of the natural world. In his current position, Beever continues ongoing work and is developing new relationships around issues in ethics, science, and the environment ranging from University-level ethics across the curriculum programs to soundscape ecology research teams.

Beever is the Secretary of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy (IAEP), the Environmental Bioethics Affinity Group leader for the American Society for Bioethics & the Humanities, a former Past Chair of the Engineering Ethics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and a co-leader of the Noise and Health section of the American Public Health Association.


Featured Project
sound, silence, environments

This project engages philosophical issues in soundscape ecology. Through this grant-funded work, Beever and his team examine soundscapes ecology from a scientific perspective but also its ethical and epistemic implications. Learn more about this work through a video here and visiting here.

Want to participant in this research? Contact Dr. Beever!