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Hannah Lewis


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Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UCL (2012-2014)

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Biology, University of St Andrews (2010-2012)

Post Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, University of York (2007-2010)

PhD Mathematical Ecology, University of York (2004-2008)

MRes Mathematics in the Living Environment, University of York (2003-2004)

BSc (hons) Mathematics, University of Bath (1999-2003)

Research Overview

My research is based around mathematical modelling and computer simulations of biological phenomena, with particular emphasis on evolutionary processes. I currently work on a Leverhulme funded project “Hunter-gatherers’ resilience: Past, present and future adaptations to a world in transition”. As part of the Hunter-gatherer project I am exploring food sharing and egalitarianism under different movement strategies and ecological conditions. My broader research interests include modelling the evolution of human culture, the evolution and effects of decision making strategies and the structuring, evolution and effects of interaction networks (within and between species).

Selected Publications

Morgan, T. J. H., Uomini, N. T., Rendell, L. E., Chouinard-Thuly L., Street, S. E., Lewis, H. M., Cross, C. P., Evans, C., Kearney, R., De La Torre, I., Whiten, A. and Laland, K. N. (2015) Experimental evidence for the co-evolution of hominin tool-making teaching and language. Nature Communications 6:6029.

Lewis, H.M., Vinicius, L., Strods, J., Mace, R. and Migliano, A.B. (2014) High mobility explains demand sharing and enforced cooperation in egalitarian hunter-gatherers. Nature Communications 5:5789.

Lewis, H.M. and Dumbrell, A.J. (2013) Evolutionary games of cooperation: Insights through integration of theory and data. Ecological Complexity 16, 20–30.

Lewis, H.M. and Laland, K.N. (2012) Transmission fidelity is the key to the build-up of complex culture. Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society B 367, 2171-2180.

Lewis, H.M., Tosh, C.R., O’Keefe, S., Shuker, D.M., West, S.A. and Mayhew, P.J. (2010) Constraints on adaptation: Explaining deviation from optimal sex ratio using artificial neural networks. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28, 1703-1719.

Ings, T.C., Montoya, J.M., Bascompte, J., Blüthgen, N., Brown, L., Dormann, C.F., Edwards, F., Figueroa, D., Jacob, U., Jones, J.I., Lauridsen, R.B., Ledger, M.E., Lewis, H.M., Olesen, J.M., van Veen, F.J.F., Warren, P.H. and Woodward G. (2009). Ecological networks – beyond food webs. Journal of Animal Ecology 78, 253-269.

Lewis, H.M., Law, R. and McKane, A.J. (2008). Abundance–body size relationships: the roles of metabolism and population dynamics. Journal of Animal Ecology 77, 1056–1062.

Lewis, H.M. and Law, R. (2007). Effects of dynamics on ecological networks. Journal of Theoretical Biology 247, 64 – 76.

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