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Dr Dan Smith

I am an Evolutionary Anthropologist interested in understanding human behaviour and adaptation from a Behavioural Ecology perspective, in terms of how individuals attempt to maximise their inclusive fitness in a given environment. I completed a PhD at UCL (awarded June 2017) exploring cooperation among the Agta, a population of Filipino hunter-gatherers. This involved ten months of fieldwork in remote forests where I conducted behavioural experiments to explore how much individuals cooperated, who they cooperated with, and why. I am also interested in the ontogenetic roots of cooperation, the evolution of storytelling, and wider links between cooperation, life history theory and cultural evolution.

Since August 2016 I have been working at the University of Bristol as a ‘Data Preparation Assistant’ for the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). This role requires processing and cleaning data from a unique three-generational resource, spanning over 25 years, investigating health and social issues in a Bristol-based cohort. As a perk of this role I also undertake research exploring topics in evolutionary anthropology using the ALSPAC dataset, most recently investigating the impact of sibling relatedness on reproductive development.