UCL Anthropology

Dr Mark Dyble

Dr Mark Dyble

Lecturer in Quantitative Anthropology

Dept of Anthropology

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2019

Research summary

My research is concerned with understanding the evolution of human social organisation and social behaviour. Recent and ongoing projects include ethnographic fieldwork with Agta hunter-gatherers in the Philippines, comparative work exploring the evolution of mammal sociality and theoretical work exploring the evolution of human kinship. I have recently been involved with a British Academy funded quantitative ethnographic study of a fishing community in the Brazilian Pantanal, with Dr Rafael Chiaravalloti. I have worked on a wide range of questions including: (1) What factors determine the kinship structure of animal groups? (2) Why do humans recognise and invest in in-laws? (3) What happens when non-human animals go to ‘war’? and (4) Do hunter-gatherers work harder when they adopt agriculture?

Teaching summary

I teach or have taught on the following courses:

Methods and Techniques in Biological Anthropology (ANTH0007)

Introduction to Biological Anthropology (ANTH0008)

Being Human (ANTH0015)

Human Behavioural Ecology  (ANTH0044)

Research Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology (ANTH0114)

Advanced Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology (ANTH0115)

Anthropological Research Methods (ANTH0213)

I also supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD projects. Feel free to contact me for supervision enquiries.


2019 +      Lecturer in Quantitative Anthropology. UCL Anthropology

2018-2019    Associated Lecturer. Dept of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

2017-2019    Junior Research Fellow    Jesus College, Cambridge

2016-2017      Postdoctoral Research Fellow  Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

2016 Postdoctoral Research Associate  UCL Anthropology

2013 - 2016 PhD Anthropology  UCL Anthropology 

2011 - 2012 MSc Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology  University of Oxford

2008 - 2011 BA Archaeology & Anthropology          University of Cambridge