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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Dr Rachel Kendal (nee Day)

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Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41627

(email at rachel.kendal@durham.ac.uk)

Welcome

Welcome to my Durham University staff profile page. Please see my personal web page to find out more about my research.

Research Interests Summary: I am an interdisciplinary researcher with overlapping interests in cultural evolution, animal behaviour and primatology. My focus is on cultural transmisison, specifically social learning and behavioural innovation in a range of species from fish to monkeys to humans with a view to understanding the evolution of human culture. My approach emphasizes the importance of maintaining ecological validity, the integration of empirical and theoretical work and applications to societal isseus and public engagement. I have worked with, or am currently working with, laboratory populations of fish (guppies, mollies and sticklebacks) , captive (callitrichids, capuchins, lemurs, chimpanzees, Barbary macaques), and wild (lemurs, capuchins) nonhuman primates, as well as children in schools and science centres.

Short Biography: I completed a BSc in Behavioural Science at Nottingham University in 1998, then went on to receive my PhD in Zoology from Cambridge University in 2003. Following a career break, I began a Royal Society Dorothy Hoddgkin Fellowship in 2006, based in the Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution at St Andrews University. I continued this fellowship here in the Department of Anthropology before becoming an Assistant Professor in 2012, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in 2014, and Associate Professor (Reader) in 2017.

Research Interests

  • Social Learning
  • Behavioural Innovation
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Cumulative Culture
  • Applications to Welfare, Conservation & Science Communication

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Bailey-Ross C, , Rudman H, , Kendal J, , Mursic Z, , Lloyd A, Ross B, & Kendal RL. (Accepted). Reconnecting epistemologies via co-design and participatory action research practice. In Beyond Disciplinarity in Social Research: Methodologies, Epistemologies and Philosophies. Hayes C, Fulton J, & Petrie K, London: Routledge, Taylor Francis.
  • Vale, G.L., Carr, K., Dean, L.G. & Kendal, R.L. (2017). The cultural capacity of human and nonhuman primates: Social learning, innovation, and cumulative culture. In Evolution of Nervous Systems. Kass, J. Oxford: Elsevier. 3: 475-508.
  • Kendal, R.L. (2015). Social learning and culture in non-human organisms. In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Wright, J.D. Oxford: Elsevier. 22: 401-408.
  • Kendal R.L., Coolen, I. & Laland, K.N. (2009). Adaptive Trade-offs in the use of Social and Personal Information. In Cognitive Ecology II. Dukas, R. & Ratcliffe, J. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 249-271.
  • Laland, K.N., Kendal, J.R. & Kendal, R.L. (2009). Animal culture: problems and solutions. In The Question of Animal Culture. Laland, K.N. & Galef, B.G.Jr. Harvard: Harvard University Press.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Day, R.L. (2003). Innovation and social learning in monkeys and fish: Empirical findings and their application to reintroduction techniques. University of Cambridge. PhD.

Edited Journal

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

Other (Print)

  • Kendal, J.R., Tehrani, J. & Kendal, R.L. (2009). The evolution of human behaviour. Quick Guide. Triple Sciences Support Programme in association with RCUK

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Selected Grants

  • 2016: Evidence of Animal Minds (£2500.00 from Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour)
  • 2016: Evidence of Animal Minds: An interdisciplinary symposium (£775.00 from EHBEA)
  • 2015: IAA-DESIGNING FOR CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN INFORMAL SCIENCE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS (£25800.00 from ESRC)
  • 2012: EHBEA 2012 Conference (£6587.50 from The British Academy)
  • 2007: IDENTIFYING SOCIAL LEARNING (£269989.33 from The Royal Society)

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