Who am I?
I am an Assistant Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. I work alongside anthropologists, archaeologists, and biologists to study human behaviour from an evolutionary point of view. In particular, I am interested in social organisation and its relationship with kinship, cooperation, and conflict.
Questions that I have worked on include:
- Why do hunter-gatherers share food?
- Why are in-laws such an important part of human social life?
- What factors determine the relatedness structure of animal groups?
- Can conflicts between meerkat groups shed light on the evolution of human war?
Things I do or have done in my research include:
- Ethnographic fieldwork: with Agta hunter-gatherers in the northern Philippines and fishing communities in the Brazilian Pantanal
- Zoological fieldwork with meerkats in the Kalahari
- Computational modelling (see 'Code' tab above)
- Simple mathematical modelling
To see a full list of my publications see my GoogleScholar page go here.