Dr Ulrich Stegmann
Dr Ulrich Stegmann

Dr Ulrich Stegmann




I joined the department in 2009, after being a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London, and a Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol. I received my MA and PhD (2006) from King’s College London. Before coming to the UK, I studied biology in Germany and the USA and obtained a PhD in zoology. In 2016, I was a Visiting Professor for the Philosophy of the Life Sciences at Utrecht University.

Internal Memberships

Head of Discipline for Philosophy


Research Overview

Philosophy of Science, especially the History and Philosophy of Biology

My research focuses on genetic causation, the nature of purportedly informational or representational phenomena, and the role of diagrams in mechanistic modelling. Much of my work addresses these issues in the context of molecular biology and animal behaviour studies. The overall goal of my work is a better understanding of biology as it is actually practiced, its fundamental concepts, its ontological commitments, its tools and methods. Some of my work employs historical research to address the philosophical issues at stake.



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  • The arbitrariness of the genetic code

    Stegmann, U.
    Biology and Philosophy, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 205-222
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Subsocial and aggregating behaviour in Southeast Asian treehoppers (Homoptera: Membracidae)

    Stegmann, U., Linsenmair, K. E.
    European Journal of Entomology, vol. 99, no. 1, pp. 29-34
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Assessing the semelparity hypothesis: Egg-guarding and fecundity in an iteroparous treehopper

    Stegmann, U.
    Ethology, vol. 108
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • New species, synonymies, and life-histories of the Southeast Asian treehopper genus Pyrgauchenia Breddin (Homoptera: Membracidae: Centrotinae)

    Stegmann, U. E., Webb, M. D., Linsenmair, K. E.
    Journal of Natural History, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 279-303
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • An ‘exaggerated’ trait in insects: the prothoracic skeleton of Stictocephala bisonia (Homoptera: Membracidae)

    Stegmann, U.
    Journal of morphology, vol. 238, no. 2, pp. 157-178
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

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