Combining research approaches from biology, philosophy and linguistics, the emerging field of biosemiotics proposes that animals, plants and single cells all engage in semiosis – the conversion of physical signals into conventional signs. This has important implications and applications for issues ranging from natural selection to animal behaviour and human psychology, leaving biosemiotics at the cutting edge of the research on the fundamentals of life.

The Springer book series Biosemiotics draws together contributions from leading players in international biosemiotics, producing an unparalleled series that will appeal to all those interested in the origins and evolution of life, including molecular and evolutionary biologists, ecologists, anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers and historians of science, linguists, semioticians and researchers in artificial life, information theory and communication technology.


Marcello Barbieri is university professor of Embryology at the University of Ferrara, Italy, president of the Italian Association for Theoretical Biology and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biosemiotics.

Jesper Hoffmeyer is associate professor in Biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen and president of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies.