Human societies are characterised by an astonishing amount of cultural diversity. The current focus of my research is to employ phylogenetic comparative methods (developed originally for the biological sciences) to investigate the macro-level cultural evolutionary processes that give rise to such diversity. This work draws largely upon the wealth of data available from the global Database of Places, Language, Culture and Environment (D-PLACE: https://d-place.org/home). I am also interested in experimental approaches to studying social cognition and cultural complexity in both human and non-human animals.
I completed a BA in Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, before going on to complete an MSc in Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Liverpool. I then undertook my PhD in the Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution at the University of St Andrews, before beginning my current position as a postdoctoral researcher here in Jena.