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Research Students - Biological Anthropology  
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Email: m.thomas.10@ucl.ac.uk
Room: 326 (Postgraduate Workroom 1)
Year of start: 2012
Subject: Evolutionary Anthropology

Research Topic/ Provisional Dissertation Title

A comparative study of human kinship variation

Supervisor(s)

Ruth Mace

Introduction

My research uses computer simulations and optimality modelling techniques to explore the roles played by demography, ecology, culture and kinship in human reproductive decision-making. The models will be informed by and compared to cross-cultural kinship, subsistence and fertility data.

Research interests

  • Kinship systems
  • Reproductive scheduling and the evolution of menopause
  • Life history theory
  • Cultural evolution
  • Evolutionary simulations

Academic Background/Education

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"
Honours and Awards

Funding

ERC


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