I am an evolutionary social anthropologist studying cross-cultural diversity using phylogenetic comparative methods. My main domains of interest are in kinship and social organisation as it evolves at the language-family level, with a focus on the Austronesian-speaking societies of the Pacific. I also have broad interests in a number of evolutionary approaches to human behaviour.
My undergraduate degrees were combined in a conjoint BA/BSc in Anthropology and Biology/Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where I also completed an Honours programme in evolutionary psychology. My PhD was obtained from University College London in Anthropology, where I also held an AHRC-funded postdoctoral position in the Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity. After four years as a Staff Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands, I moved to Bristol in 2012. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology.
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