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Durham University

Centre for the Coevolution of Biology and Culture


Academic Staff

NameResearch Interests
Professor 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 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
Professor Lynda Boothroyd
  • Attraction
  • Body size preferences
  • Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Facial masculinity
  • Father absence theory
  • Body image
Dr Zanna Clay
  • Comparative Affective Science
  • Evolution and development of empathy
  • Evolution of language and culture
  • Primate behaviour
  • Primate Conservation
  • Science outreach - primatology
  • Social cognition
  • Development of communication and social learning
  • Primate vocal communication
  • Animal cognition
  • Child gesture development
  • Applications to primate conservation
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
  • Social transmission and population dynamics
Dr Rachel Kendal (nee Day)
  • Social Learning
  • Behavioural Innovation
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Cumulative Culture
  • Applications to Welfare, Conservation & Science Communication
Dr Sharon Kessler
  • primate behaviour and cognition
  • health signalling
  • evolutionary medicine
  • conservation medicine
  • evolution of care-giving in humans
  • agent-based models
  • bioacoustics
Dr Sally Street
  • Macro-evolutionary anthropology
  • Phylogenetic comparative methods
  • Technical skill: music, tool use, construction
  • Human/animal interactions
Dr Joseph Stubbersfield
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • Cultural evolution and transmission
  • Social learning
  • Creativity, storytelling behaviour and oral traditions
  • Folklore, myth and legends, particularly contemporary folklore
Dr Amanda Tan
  • Technical intelligence: tool use, object manipulation, extractive foraging
  • Social learning
  • Animal traditions and culture
  • Primate archaeology
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Evolutionary significance of coastal environments
Dr Jamie Tehrani
  • Cultural evolution
  • Phylogenetic analysis of culture
  • Social learning
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • Oral traditions
  • Material culture
  • Fairy tales
Dr James Walker -
Dr Tom Widger
  • Anthropology & chemistry
  • Suicide, self-harm, ethnopsychiatry
  • Cognition, cultural transmission, social learning
  • Charity, philanthropy, CSR, development
  • Religion, nationalism, politics
  • Pesticides, agrochemicals, and their human and environmental impacts
  • Chemical body burden, biomonitoring, medical and eco toxicology
  • Purity/danger; pollution/risk
  • Global health
  • Sri Lanka & South Asia

Graduate Students