Spring School tutors and their specialties


CHIARA BARBIERI

Postdoctoral Fellow
MPI for the Science of Human History

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chiara_Barbieri

Chiara Barbieri

Research interests: Human prehistory and evolution, genetic and linguistic diversity, uniparental markers, population genetics, South American and African prehistory

QMSS topics: Tree and network reconstruction, genetic diversity and phylogeography, genetic/linguistic parallels, DNA and mutations.  

Extra topics: Integrating genetic analyses in your research questions

Read Chiara’s work: Ancient Substructure in Early mtDNA Lineages of Southern Africa Am J Hum Genetics 2013 Feb 7;92(2):285-92.


DAMIEN BLASI

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Zürich & MPI for the Science of Human History

https://sites.google.com/site/damianblasi/

Damien Blasi

Research interests: Linguistic typology, interactions between language and cognition, culture and biology, language acquisition

QMSS topics: Data science and statistical inference, how to structure and present statistical evidence, discrete mathematical methods 

Extra topics: Pattern detection in complex datasets, statistical meta-analysis 


HEIDI COLLERAN

Research Fellow
Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

http://www.iast.fr/member/heidi-colleran

Heidi Colleran

Research interests: Demography and demographic transitions, cultural transmission, human behavioural ecology, social networks, reproductive decision-making

QMSS topics: Demography, cultural transmission, multilevel models, fieldwork

Extra topics: Formulating research questions, data collection

Read Heidi’s work: Colleran & Mace (2015) Social Network and Community Level Influences on Contraceptive Use: Evidence from Rural Poland, Proc Roy Soc B 282: 20150398


ROBERT FORKEL

Scientific Programmer
MPI for the Science of Human History

http://clld.org

Robert Forkel

Research interests: Research data management, reproducible research
QMSS topics: Databases, software and data management

Read Robert’s work: http://clld.org/news.html


SIMON GREENHILL

Fellow, ARC Center of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

http://simon.net.nz

Simon Greenhill

Research interests: Evolution of languages, language structures and diversity, human prehistory.

QMSS topics: Phylogenetic methods, rates of change, speciation.
Extra topics: databases

Read Simon’s work: https://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/19990


FIONA JORDAN

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
University of Bristol

www.excd.org

Fiona Jordan

Research interests: Evolution of cultural diversity, kinship, linguistic anthropology, cultural phylogenetics, cultural transmission

QMSS topics: Phylogenetic comparative methods for discrete characters, ancestral state estimates, correlated evolution, bayesian approaches

Extra topics: Formulating research questions, data visualisation

Read Fiona’s work: Jordan, F.M. et al., 2009. Matrilocal residence is ancestral in Austronesian societies. Proc Roy Soc B 276(1664), pp.1957–1964.


SEÁN ROBERTS

Postdoctoral Researcher
Language & Cognition Group, MPI for Psycholinguistics

http://www.mpi.nl/people/roberts-sean

Sean Roberts

Research interests: Language evolution, cultural evolution, cross-cultural statistics, artificial language learning experiments

QMSS topics: Basics of R, structuring stats projects, statistical non-independence, handling multiple variables
Extra topics: Random forests, Causal Graph Inference

Read Seán’s work: Roberts, S. G., & Winters, J. (2013). Linguistic diversity and traffic accidents: Lessons from statistical studies of cultural traits. PLoS One, 8(8): e70902.  


ANNEMARIE VERKERK

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Reading

http://www.evolution.reading.ac.uk/~tb904576/

Annemarie Verkerk

Research interests: Linguistic phylogenetics, typology, historical linguistics

QMSS topics: Phylogenetic comparative methods for continuous characters, ancestral state estimates, correlated evolution, rates of evolution
Extra topics: Parallel corpora

Read Annemarie’s work:
Verkerk, A. (2014). Change in Bantu noun class systems. Poster presented at the Nijmegen Lectures 2014, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 27-29 January 2014.
http://www.evolution.reading.ac.uk/~tb904576/verkerk_nijm_lectures.pdf

 
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