Matthew Gwynfryn Thomas
Room: 326 (Postgraduate Workroom 1)
Year of start: 2012
Subject: Evolutionary Anthropology
Provisional Dissertation Title
The Dynamics of Human Cooperative Groups
Ruth Mace and Andrea Migliano
My research uses simulations, lab-in-the-field experimental games and social network analyses to explore the dynamics of human cooperative groups.
For the theoretical part, I’ve developed a mathematical model to explore how mortality in the environment and competition between siblings can shape birth patterns.
For the empirical part, I conducted fieldwork with Saami reindeer herders living in Norway and am also analysing a dataset of rural Mosuo farmers in China. I use experimental economic games and social network statistics to understand how people in these two locations work together.
- Evolution of social behaviours
- Kinship systems
- Life history theory
MSc (Distinction) Human Evolution and Behaviour (2011). University College London
Thesis: “The Social Menopause: Modelling the Effects of Demography on Reproductive Cessation”
BSc (Hons) Computer Science (2004). University of Southampton
Thesis: “Kithara: Software to Transcribe Live Musical Performance"
Thomas, M. G.,
Næss, M. W., Bårdsen, B.-J., Mace, R. (2015). Saami reindeer herders cooperate
with social group members and genetic kin. Behavioral
Thomas, M. G.,
Shanley, D. P., Houston, A. I., McNamara, J. M., Mace, R. & Kirkwood, T. B.
L. (2015). A dynamic framework for the study of optimal birth intervals reveals
the importance of sibling competition and mortality risks. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
European Research Council
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