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Research Students - Biological Anthropology


Room: 326 (Postgraduate Workroom 1)

Year of start: 2010

Subject: Evolutionary Anthropology


Research Topic/ Provisional Dissertation Title

Allomaternal Care and Child Outcomes in Modern Developed Populations


Ruth Mace
Jonathan Wells


My academic interests are based around life history theory, with a particular focus on pair-bonding & child investment behaviours. With a rising interest in cooperative breeding and its effect on human evolution, the influences of human allomaternal care are under increasing attention. With this, I aim to explore, “Are allomaternal carers important in a modern developed setting?”

In my current research project, I am focusing on partner and grandparental investment behaviours. Using data from Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, I look at direct investment behaviours of different allomaternal carers and explore 1) its effects on different child outcomes, and 2) its effect on parental investment behaviours.

Current Research Interests

· Paternal Effects on Child Outcomes

· Stepfather Effects on Child Outcomes

· Grandparental Effects on Child Outcomes

Academic Background/Education

B.Sc (Hons) Human Sciences (2009) University College London Thesis: Is Consanguinity an Adaptive Strategy? The Costs and Benefits of Marrying Your Cousin

M.Sc Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (Distinction) (2010) University of Oxford Thesis: Marital Stability in Modern Market Economies: An Evolutionary Approach

Honours and Awards

The Dr Nicola Knight Dissertation Prize in Quantitative Methods
EHBEA Conference 2012 Best Student Poster



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