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Rose Trappes

Department of Philosophy

Rose Trappes

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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