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Academic staff 

NamePositionResearch interests
Professor Robert A. Barton 

Professor in the Department of Anthropology

Director (Social Sciences) in the Institute of Advanced Study

Behavioural ecology and sociobiology 

Comparative studies of brain size and structure in relation to behavioural ecology 

Evolution of mammalian reproductive traits 

Primate evolution and behaviour 

Professor Alan Bilsborough  
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology

Human evolution, especially the functional basis for cranial diversity in early hominids and the reconstruction of evolutionary patterns 

The interaction of social and biological variables in human biology, with particular reference to patterns of nutrition and disease

Professor Lynda Boothroyd 
Professor in the Department of Psychology


Body size preferences 

Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology 

Facial masculinity 

Father absence theory 

Body image 

Dr Zanna Clay  Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology 

Comparative Affective Science 

Evolution and development of empathy 

Evolution of language and culture 

Primate behaviour 

Primate Conservation 

Science outreach - primatology 

Social cognition 

Development of communication and social learning 

Primate vocal communication 

Animal cognition 

Child gesture development 

Applications to primate conservation 

Professor Russell Hill  Professor in the Department of Anthropology 

Primate Behaviour and Ecology 

Predator-Prey Interactions 

Felid Behaviour and Ecology 

Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflict  

Professor AR Hoelzel  Professor in the Department of Biosciences 

Conservation genetics 

Evolutionary biology 

Population genetics and molecular ecology 

Ancient DNA 

Dr Jeremy Kendal    Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology  Social transmission and population dynamics  
Professor Rachel Kendal (nee Day)   Professor in the Department of Anthropology 

Social Learning 

Behavioural Innovation 

Cultural Evolution 

Cumulative Culture 

Applications to Welfare, Conservation & Science Communication 

Professor Robert H. Layton  Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology 

Anthropology and archaeology of art 

Evolution of social behaviour 

Indigenous rights 

Social change, especially among French and Chinese villagers, and Native Australians  

Dr Bruce Rawlings  


Dr Sally Street

Director of DCERC

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology 

Macro-evolutionary anthropology 

Phylogenetic comparative methods 

Technical skill: music, tool use, construction 

Human/animal interactions 

Dr Amanda Tan  Member of the Department of Anthropology 

Technical intelligence: tool use, object manipulation, extractive foraging 

Social learning 

Animal traditions and culture 

Primate archaeology 

Human-wildlife interactions 

Evolutionary significance of coastal environments 

Professor Jamie Tehrani  Professor in the Department of Anthropology 

Cultural evolution 

Phylogenetic analysis of culture 

Social learning 

Cognitive anthropology 

Oral traditions 

Material culture 

Fairy tales  

Dr Tom Widger   Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology 

Anthropology & chemistry 

Suicide, self-harm, ethnopsychiatry 

Cognition, cultural transmission, social learning 

Charity, philanthropy, CSR, development 

Religion, nationalism, politics 

Pesticides, agrochemicals, and their human and environmental impacts 

Chemical body burden, biomonitoring, medical and eco toxicology 

Purity/danger; pollution/risk 

Global health 

Sri Lanka & South Asia