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Centre for the Coevolution of Biology and Culture


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Academic Staff

NameResearch Interests
Prof Robert A. Barton
  • Behavioural ecology and sociobiology
  • Comparative studies of brain size and structure in relation to behavioural ecology
  • Evolution of mamalian reproductive traits
  • Primate evolution and behaviour
Prof Gillian Bentley
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Early life development and later life health
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Overweight/obesity and child health
  • Reproductive ecology
Prof Alan Bilsborough
  • Human evolution, especially the functional basis for cranial diversity in early hominids and the reconstruction of evolutionary patterns
  • The interaction of social and biological variables in human biology, with particular reference to patterns of nutrition and disease
Dr Lynda Boothroyd
  • Attraction
  • Body size preferences
  • Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Facial masculinity
  • Father absence theory
Dr Mike Burt
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Facial expression recognition
Professor Timothy Clark
  • selection and purchase of consultancy
  • management of the client-consultant relationship
  • role of consultants and management gurus
Professor Emma Flynn
Professor David Greatbatch
  • Oratory and Rhetoric
  • Educational policy, leadership and governance in higher education
  • Programme Evaluation
  • Organizational and managerial communication
  • Social interaction in organizational settings
Professor Russell Hill
  • Primate Behaviour and Ecology
  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Felid Behaviour and Ecology
  • Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflict
Professor AR Hoelzel
  • conservation genetics
  • evolutionary biology
  • population genetics and molecular ecology
  • Ancient DNA
Dr Jeremy Kendal
  • Cultural evolution
  • Cultural niche construction
  • Gene-culture coevolution
  • Social learning
Dr Rachel Kendal (nee Day)
  • Social Learning
  • Behavioural Innovation
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Cumulative Culture
  • Applications to Welfare, Conservation & Science Communication
Prof Robert H. Layton
  • Anthropology and archaeology of art
  • Evolution of social behaviour
  • Indigenous rights
  • Social change, especially among French and Chinese villagers, and Native Australians
Dr Kesson Magid
  • Cultural variations in social cognition
  • Human reproductive ecology
  • Testosterone and male life history
  • Human migration and health
  • Neuroendocrine and cardiovascular responses to psychosocial stress
  • Psychology of stress and status
Dr Ian Rickard
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Human biology
  • Individual variation
  • Life history theory
  • Natural selection
Prof Peter Rowley-Conwy
  • earlier 19th century Scandinavian archaeology
  • Eurasian mammal bones, especially pigs, and agricultural plants from archaeological sites
  • hunter-gatherers, origins of agriculture, early agriculture
Prof Chris Scarre
  • • island societies of north-west Europe and the transition to the Neolithic
  • • landscape and coastal change in Atlantic Europe during the early and mid-Holocene
  • • material culture and the social and cognitive development of post-Palaeolithic societies
  • • origins and development of the Neolithic monuments of western Europe
  • • sound and acoustics in prehistoric societies
Dr Malcolm T. Smith
  • Current patterns of human evolution, inferred from genetic studies of contemporary British populations and predicted from historical demography
  • Historical genetics, inbreeding
  • Migration and the distribution of surnames
Brian Straughan
  • computational mathematics
  • partial differential equations
  • stability
Dr Jamie Tehrani
  • Cultural evolution
  • Phylogenetic analysis of culture
  • Social learning
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • Oral traditions
  • Material culture
  • Fairy tales
Professor Mark White
  • History of Palaeolithic Archaeology
  • Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Britain & Europe
  • Palaeolithic Stone Tools
  • Quaternary studies

Graduate Students

NameResearch Interests
Mr David Clinnick -
Mrs Natalia Dutra -
Ms Erika McClure
  • Bangladesh
  • Biocultural Anthropology
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Cultural Transmission and Social Learning
  • Migration
  • Western Diseases
Dr James Walker -