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Biological Anthropology Seminars 2016-17

Spring 2017 

17 January Amanda Williams (Department of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology, University College London)
Pain - what do we know and what are the gaps?

24 January Jamie Tehrani (Department of Anthropology, University of Durham)
Languages, genes and folktales - the plot thickens

31 January Emily Saunders (Biosciences Department, University of Birmingham)
Reconstructing the evolution of bipedalism: the problem of variation

7 February Marina Mosquera Martinez (IPHES, Rovira i Virgili University, Catalonia)
Cognitive technology: learning, hand laterality, and technological behaviour in humans and chimpanzees

14 February Reading Week  **NO SEMINAR**

21 February  Robin Dennell (Archaeology, University of Exeter)
Invasion biology and the expansion of Homo sapiens across Asia

28 February Fiona Jordan (School of Arts, University of Bristol)
Family and food in comparative perspective: Introducing a new database for cross-cultural anthropology

7 March Guy Cowlishaw (Institute of Zoology, London)
Understanding social information use in wild primates

14 March Andrew Meade (School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading)
Modelling heterogeneous evolutionary processes


Autumn 2016

Oct 4 Lydia Luncz (University of Oxford)
Cultural diversity in neighboring chimpanzee groups

Oct 11 Abigail Page (UCL Anthropology)
Life history and health in modern-day hunter-gatherers: implications of anthropological research in the Agta foragers

Oct 18 Cat Hobaiter (University of St Andrews)
Leaf cultures: social transmission in great apes

Oct 25 Emmanuel Gilissen (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium)
Brain structures and functions: some examples in primates and beyond

Nov 1 Ana Guinote (Experimental Psychology, UCL)
Effects of Social Hierarchy on Social Behaviour

Nov 8 Reading week **NO SEMINAR**

Contact Lucio Vinicius (l.vinicius@ucl.ac.uk) for any further information

Biological Anthropology Seminars 2015-16

Spring 2016

Jan 12 Jaume Bertranpetit (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (On sabbatical in Cambridge))
Towards the understanding the genetic bases of complex adaptations in the human genome

Jan 19 Susana Carvalho (Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford)
Ten years of Chimpanzee Archaeology: Where do we stand?

Jan 26 Laura Buck (University of Cambridge / Natural History Museum)
Gastrophagy and its place in human evolution

Feb 2 Stuart Semple (Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Interdisciplinary Anthropology, University of Roehampton)
TBA

Feb 9 Ann MacLarnon (Centre for Research in Evolutionary and Environmental Anthropology, University of Roehampton)
Assessing stress and adaptability in natural settings: the case of Gashaka baboons

Feb 16 Reading week **NO SEMINAR**

Feb 23 Tracy Kivell (School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent)
Homo naledi, the evidence in hand

Cancelled Mar 1 Julia Lehmann (University of Roehampton)
To be or not to be social? The effects of social positions on primate health and survival

Mar 8 Neil Cummins (LSE)
Lineage, Culture, Genes, and Social Outcomes over seven generations in England

Mar 15 Antje Engelhardt (Liverpool John Moores University) 
TBA


Autumn 2015

Sept 29 NOTE 5pm start Ian Rickard (Durham University)
The developmental origins of health and disease: adaptation reconsidered

Oct 6 Helen Elizabeth Davis (University of Utah)
Evidence of diverging strategies within transitioning populations: education, wealth, and fertility differentials

Oct 13 Gillian Pepper (Newcastle University)
An evolutionary perspective on health inequalities

Oct 20 Mark Collard (Simon Fraser University)
Environmental risk, population size, and technological evolution in small-scale societies

Oct 27 Tatyana Humle (University of Kent)
Chimpanzees, people and the oil palm in West Africa: landscapes of change and adaptation

Nov 3 Paula Sheppard (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
How childhood household environments influence reproductive strategy

Nov 10 Reading week **NO SEMINAR**

Nov 17 Jason Hodgson (Imperial College London)
The role of local adaptation, migration, and mate choice in recent human evolution

Nov 24 María Martinón-Torres (UCL)
Atapuerca-Sima de los Huesos site: unveiling the origins of Neanderthals

2 Dec WEDNESDAY 11am (Departmental seminar) John P. Ziker (Boise State University)
Sharing meat and norms of sharing: pathways to cooperation among contemporary north Siberian hunter-gatherers.

8 Dec No seminar - Dissertation Meeting for HEB

Biological Anthropology Seminars 2014-15

Spring 2015

13 January Louise Barrett (University of Lethbridge)
Nothing endures but change: Contingency, continuity and cognitive evolution

20 January Antica Culina (University of Oxford)
From meta-analysis to social networks: What have we learned about fidelity and divorce in socially monogamous species

27 January Chris Venditti (University of Reading)
A new look at brain evolution in primates

3 February Matt Grove (University of Liverpool)
Climatic variability, plasticity, and dispersal: A case study from Lake Tana, Ethiopia

Cancelled - 10 February Lauren Brent (University of Exeter)
Social network based insights into the evolution of animal behaviour

17 February Reading Week **NO SEMINAR**

24 February Anna Nekaris (Oxford Brookes University)
Adorable little furballs of death: Why is the slow loris venomous?

3 March Caroline Bettridge (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Things that go honk in the night: Shedding new light on Africa's nocturnal primates

10 March Laura Buck (University of Roehampton)
An extant example of warm-climate forager gastrophagy and its implications for extinct hominin diets

17 March Rebecca Grollemund (University of Reading)
The Bantu expansion: Genetic classification and the emergence of agriculture


Autumn 2014

Sep 30 Oskar Burger (University of Kent)
Issues with the measurement and interpretation of the rate of ageing in humans Watch online

Oct 7 Marta Lahr (University of Cambridge)
Recent palaeoanthropological discoveries in West Turkana

Oct 14 Stephen Montgomery (University College London)
Insights into the genetic basis of brain size from independent episodes of brain expansion Watch online

Oct 21 Gert Stulp (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Modern human adaptiveness: behavioural or theoretical mismatch? Watch online

Oct 28 Rafael Wlodarski (University of Oxford)
The possible functions of romantic kissing Watch online

Nov 4 READING WEEK - No seminar

Nov 11 Tamas David-Barrett (University of Oxford)
An entire herd of goldilocks: optimal intentionality levels in different genres of performance art

Nov 18 Caroline Uggla (University College London)
The evolutionary ecology of health-related behaviours Watch online

Nov 26 **Departmental Seminar**
Douglas Fry (University of Alabama) TBC

Dec 2 No seminar - Thesis Meeting for HEB

Dec 9 No seminar - please note the talk below has been moved to Spring term.
Rebecca Grollemund (University of Reading)
The Bantu expansion: genetic classification and the emergence of agriculture

Contact Kit Opie (kit.opie@ucl.ac.uk) & Caroline Uggla (caroline.uggla.09@ucl.ac.uk) for any further information

Biological Anthropology Seminars 2013-14

Spring 2014

Jan 14 Rebecca Sear (LSHTM, Department of Population health)
Cooperation and conflict within the family: do kin help or hinder reproductive success?

Jan 21 NO SEMINAR (please note change)

Jan 28 Mark Maslin (UCL, Department of Geography)
Human Evolution in the Garden of Eden

Feb 4 Ellie Pearce (Oxford University)
Shedding light on Neanderthal social networks

Feb 11 Anne Kandler (London City University, Department of Mathematics)
How to analyse cultural change

Feb 18 Reading Week (NO SEMINAR)

Feb 25 Jamie Tehrani (Durham University, Department of Anthropology)
Descent with imagination: how folktales evolve

March 4 Micheal de Barra (Stockholm University, LSHTM)
The cultural evolution of ineffective medicine

March 11 Barbara Fruth (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany)
The Evolution of Self-medication: Humans, bonobos, and the Congo's wild pharmacy

March 18 Kesson Magid (Durham University, Department of Anthropology)
Childhood ecology influences adult reproductive function in a migrant study of Bangladeshi men

Contact Heidi Colleran (h.colleran@ucl.ac.uk) & Kit Opie (kit.opie@ucl.ac.uk) for any further information


Autumn 2013

Oct 8 David van Bodegom (University of Leyden, Academy on Vitality and Ageing)
Ageing and life history variation in a rural Ghanaian population: an evolutionary approach

Oct 15 Susanne Shultz (University of Manchester, Faculty of Life Sciences)
Human cognitive and behavioural evolution: insights from the fossil record

Oct 22 Claudio Tennie (University of Birmingham, School of Psychology)
Chimpanzees' social learning skills - implications for the evolution of cumulative culture

Oct 29 Cristina Moya (LSHTM, Department of Population Health)
Have humans evolved psychological adaptations for reasoning about ethnic groups? Evidence from the Peruvian Altiplano

Nov 5 READING WEEK - No seminar

Nov 12 Adam Powell (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Palaeogenetics Group)
Inferring human demographic history using genetic and cultural data

Nov 19 Angela Meder (Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe, Germany)
A gorilla is a gorilla is a gorilla? Diversity, classification and what we should preserve

Nov 26 Emma Cohen (University of Oxford, Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology)
Similarity and synchrony in human cooperation; evidence from studies in Brazil

Dec 3 Georgina Mace (UCL, Center for Biodiversity & Environment Research)
How to value the conservation of nature: from (A)ccountancy to (Z)oology

Dec 10 Chris Knight & Jerome Lewis (UCL, Department of Anthropology)
The social origins of language: Vocal deception, laughter and the linguistic significance of reverse dominance

Contact Heidi Colleran (h.colleran@ucl.ac.uk) & Kit Opie (kit.opie@ucl.ac.uk) for any further information

Biological Anthropology Seminars 2012-13

Spring 2013

Jan 8 Kate Jones (UCL, Center for Biodiversity and Environmental Research)
Macroecology of human infectious diseases

Jan 15 Caroline Howe (UCL, Center for Biodiversity and Environmental Research)
Beyond win-win: interrogating ecosystem service dynamics

Jan 22 Jed Stevenson (UCL, Anthropology)
Women's schooling and child development in Ethiopia

Jan 29 Michela Leonardi (UCL, Anthropology)
Horse domestication inferred from computer simulations on ancient DNA data

CANCELLED Feb 5 Lauren Coad (University of Oxford, Environmental Change Institute)
Monitoring changes in hunter behaviour and hunting sustainability from 2001 - 2012 in a village hunting system, Central Gabon

Feb 12 READING WEEK - No seminar

Feb 19 Ruth Malleson (UCL, Anthropology)
Smallholder farmers, forests and oil palm plantations: assessing the impacts of agro-industrial oil palm plantations  in Southwest Province, Cameroon

Feb 26 Colette Berbesque (University of Roehampton, Life Sciences)
A woman's work is never done: Hadza women's foraging reputations and reproductive success

Mar 5 Robb Rutledge (UCL, Institute of Neurology)
Reward and subjective wellbeing in the human brain

Mar 12 Janet Seeley (University of East Anglia, School of International Development)
The impact of the HIV epidemic on agriculture or the impact of agriculture on HIV?

Contact Matthew Skinner (m.skinner@ucl.ac.uk) for any further information


Autumn 2012

Oct 2 John Skoyles (UCL, CoMPLEX)
The expensive child brain hypothesis: Juvenile neuromaturational vulnerability and human evolution

Oct 9 Fred Spoor (UCL, Cell and Developmental Biology)
New early Homo fossils from Koobi Fora: resolving debates of species diversity at the origin of our genus

Oct 16 Ruth Mace (UCL, Anthropology)
The evolutionary ecology of a Chinese matrilineal system where husband and wife live apart

Oct 23 Molly Fox (Cambridge University, Archaeology and Anthropology)
A grandmother never forgets: Alzheimer's disease and the evolution of human longevity

Oct 30 Hannah Lewis (UCL, Anthropology)
Modelling cumulative culture and trait transmission in humans

Nov 6 READING WEEK - No seminar

Nov 13 Peter Schauer (UCL, Archaeology)
Cultural evolution in the age of Athens: How random copying may explain variation in Greek figure-painted pottery

Nov 20 Sara Randall (UCL, Anthropology)
Poverty in African Households: the limits of survey representations

Nov 27 Leslie Knapp (Cambridge University, Archaeology and Anthropology)
Genetics and signals of individuality in primates

Dec 4 Kate Hill (Oxford Brookes, Social Sciences)
From open access to private ownership: Deforestation in Hoima district, Uganda

CANCELLED - Dec 11 Robb Rutledge (UCL, Institute of Neurology)
Reward and subjective wellbeing in the human brain

Biological Anthropology Seminars 2011-12

Spring 2012

Jan 17: Björn Schulte-Herbruggen (United Nations Environment Programme, World Conservation Monitoring System; UCL; ZSL)
Rats - an important Ecosystem Service for cocoa farmers living in a seasonal environment

Jan 24: Thomas Currie (UCL)
Mode and Tempo in the Evolution of Socio-Political Organization

Jan 31: Daniel Nettle (Newcastle University)
Studying social behaviour across different neighbourhoods of Newcastle upon Tyne

Feb 7: Sara Randall (UCL)
Inaugural Lecture: Where have all the nomads gone?

* - 6:30 pm Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building.

Feb 14: READING WEEK - no seminar

Feb 21: Bram Tucker (University of Georgia)
The behavioral ecology of subsistence risk among farmers, foragers, and fishers of SW Madagascar:  Judgment, choice, action, and narrative

Feb 28: Julia Jones (Bangor University)
'How much do you collect/fish/hunt?': quantifying legal and illegal natural resource use

Mar 6: Rachel Kendall (Durham University)
Social learning strategies and cumulative culture in human and non-human primates

Mar 13: John McNamara (University of Bristol)
The importance of individual differences for evolutionary game theory and the evolution of cooperation

Mar 20: Tracey Kivell (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
The hand of Australopithecus sediba: Handier than Homo habilis?

Contact David Lawson (d.lawson@ucl.ac.uk) or Shakti Lamba (s.lamba@ucl.ac.uk) for any further information


Autumn 2011

October 4: Charles Efferson (University of Zurich)
The evolution of shared delusions

October 11: Aidan Keane (UCL)
Learning about rule-breaking and enforcement in wildlife conservation

October 18: Marius Warg Næss (Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research - Olso)
Pastoral herding strategies: risk management among reindeer herders in Norway

October 25: Anna Goodman (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Reproductive success and descendant quality across 6 generations: results from a Swedish birth cohort

November 1: Dieter Lukas (University of Cambridge)
The evolution of helping behaviour in mammals: Cooperative breeding, monogamy and polytocy

November 8: reading week

November 15: Kim Hill (Arizona State University)
Major evolutionary transitions and complex sociality in humans: from informal to formal institutions 

November 22: Sarah Keogh (UCL)
The impact of HIV diagnosis on reproductive behaviour in Northern Tanzania

November 29: Kristin Snopkowski (Durham University)
Evaluating theories of the demographic transition in San Borja, Bolivia

December 6: Matthew Skinner (UCL)
Breathing new life into old fossils: how hidden internal structures can improve our understanding of human evolution

Biological Anthropology Seminars 2010-11

AUTUMN 2010

Oct 5 Andrea Migliano - UCL Department of Anthropology
"Convergent Evolution of African, Asian and Melanesian pygmies"

Oct 12 Jeroen Smaers - UCL Department of Anthropology
"Brains, behaviour, and how to link them across millions of years: the evolution of functionally specialized neural circuits in primates"

Oct 19 Andrew King - Structure and Motion Laboratory, Royal Veterinary College, University of London
"Living on the edge: How social relationships define baboon success in the Namib Desert"

Oct 26 Lisa Debruine - University of Aberdeen School of Psychology
"Evoked culture and mate preferences: How regional differences in women's masculinity preferences relate to variation in health and male- male competition"

Nov 2 Dave Begun - University of California at Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology
"Hominine origins in Europe: Encephalization and orthogrady"

Nov 9 READING WEEK - no seminar

Nov 16 Asifa Majid - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
"Celebrity and the Environment: Fame, Wealth and Power in Conservation."

Nov 23 Chris Sandbrook - Cambridge University Department of Geography

Biological Anthropology Seminars 2017-18

Spring 2018

9 January Jonathan Stieglitz (University of Toulouse / Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse)
Marital Violence and fertility in a relatively egalitarian high fertility population  

16 January Tania King (University College London)
Searching for Pleistocene human ancestors in the southern Caucasus

23 January Sarah Myers (School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent / Roehampton)
Evolutionary approaches to maternal investment and postnatal depression

30 January Laura Buck (Department of Anthropology, UCL / Cambridge)
A colonising niche? Comparing climatic adaptation in Jomon foragers and Japanese macaques

6 February Aida Gomez-Robles (UCL Genetics Evolution and Environment)
Micro and macro evolutionary perspectives on the evolution of the human brain

12 February  Reading Week  **NO SEMINAR**

20 February Eleanor Power (Department of Methodology, London School of Economics)
Faith in the faithful: Religious practice and social networks in rural South India

27 February Cedric Sueur (Department of Ecology, Physiology and Ethology, CNRS Strasbourg)
Integrating multiple ecological factors influencing differentiation of social relationships and structure of social networks into one conceptual framework

6 March Mana Dembo (Department of Archeology, Simon Fraser University)
From fossils to trees: a Bayesian approach to Hominin phylogenetics

13 March Claus Wedekind (Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne)
MHC-linked sexual selection in humans and other animals


Autumn 2017

3 October Emily Emmott (Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education)
Children and families policy and practice in the UK: A Role for Evolutionary Anthropology?

10 October Deniz Salali (Department of Anthropology, University College London)
Plant knowledge in BaYaka hunter-gatherers and its implications on cultural evolution

17 October Victoria Reyes Garcia (Social and Behavioural Sciences, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
The adaptive nature of culture. A cross-cultural analysis of the returns of Local Environmental Knowledge in three indigenous societies

24 October Gottfried Hohmann (Department of Primatology, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
Growing apart? Ontogenetic development in bonobos and chimpanzee

31 October Ignacio de la Torre (Department of Archaeology, University College London)
The origins of the Acheulean at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania)

7 November Reading Week **NO SEMINAR**

** "Departmental Seminars" (Wednesday, 11:00-13:00) replace the sectional seminars during the second half of term 1

Contact Gul Deniz Salali (guldeniz.salali@ucl.ac.uk) for any further information