I am a Full Professor for Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University, Germany. I have a strong interest in the philosophy of biology and in the metaphysics of science (in practice). Read more about my research here.
I studied philosophy and biology at the University of Muenster. In 2012, I received a PhD from the University of Cologne, with a thesis on “The Ontic Account of Explanatory Reduction in Biology”. I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and in the DFG Research Group “Causation and Explanation” at the University of Cologne.
In 2016, I joined Bielefeld University as a Junior Professor. After an offer from the University of Mainz in early 2018, I became a Full Professor in Bielefeld. Currently, I am a Principal investigator in the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 212) “A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution” and a Co-investigator of the Templeton Project “From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics” at the University of Calgary, Canada.
My recent publications include a book on “Reductive Explanation in the Biological Sciences” that appeared in 2015 with Springer. I am an author of the Philosophy of Science paper “On the Limits of Causal Modeling: Spatially-Structurally Complex Biological Phenomena” (2016) and a coauthor of the BJPS paper on “The Metaphysics of Constitutive Mechanistic Phenomena” (2017).