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Rose Trappes

Department of Philosophy

Rose Trappes


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Doctoral Project

My doctoral project focused on individuality in behavioural ecology. By looking at what research on individuality is about and how behavioural ecologists talk about individuality, I developed a practice-based account of the concept and its application in concrete research contexts. 

In the process I covered topics from epistemology and metaphysics, including individualized measurement, causal complexity, explanation, uniqueness, identity, and persistence. I also made use of empirical material that I gathered from questionnaires, interviews and participatory research with behavioural ecologists. 

The project is part of the collaborative research centre SFB-TRR212 "A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Niche Choice, Niche Conformance, Niche Construction". Together with Professor Marie I. Kaiser, I am working on the nature of biological individuality and individualization, the status of individualized ecological niches, and the individual-level mechanisms of niche choice, construction and conformance.

Reseach interests

  • Philosophy of biology
  • Metaphysics of science
  • Empirical methods in philosophy
  • Feminist philosophy
  • 20th century French philosophy

Academic positions

  • Oct 2021 - present Research associate, Bielefeld University, Germany.
  • Jul 2018 - Sep 2021 Doctoral student, Bielefeld University, Germany.


  • 2021 PhD in Philosophy. Bielefeld University, Germany.
  • 2018 MA in Philosophy (Research). Radboud University, The Netherlands.
  • 2015 BA (Hons) in Philosophy. University of Queensland, Australia.
  • 2014 BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. University of Queensland, Australia.


For a list of my upcoming publications, check out my personal website.

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