Conference Talks

Atkinson, Q. D. Blasi, D., Barth, W., Bouckaert, R., Bowern, C., Chacon, T., Collins, J., Dunn, M., Evans, N., Forkel, R., Greenhill, S., Hammarström, H., Haspelmath, M., Haynie, H., Levinson, S., List, M., Maurits, L., Quinn, K., Skirgård, H., Vesakoski O. & Gray, R. D. (2017). The Glottobank project: a global language database. Cultural Evolution Society Inaugural Meeting, Jena, Germany, 13th-15th September, 2017.

Vardy, T. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2017). Altruistic giving before and after a natural disaster. 29th Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Boise, Idaho, May 31st – June 3rd, 2017.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2017) Why would anyone believe in climate change? Kiwi Foo 2017, Snells Beach, New Zealand, 5th-7th March, 2017.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). Religion and the cooperative sphere on Tanna Island. 23rd International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Nagoya, Japan, 31st July-3rd August, 2016.

Vardy, T. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). Prosocial preferences and the social function of religion on

Tanna Island, Vanuatu. 28th Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 29th – July 2nd, 2016.

Atkinson, Q. D., Watts, J., Sheehan, O., Bulbulia, J., Gray, R.D. (2016). Ritual human sacrifice and the  evolution of stratified societies. 28th Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 29th – July 2nd, 2016.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2015). Modeling the Evolution of Languages. Linguistics Society of New Zealand, Dunedin, 14th-15th December, 2015.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2015) Modeling the spread of Abrahamic religions. XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Erfurt, Germany, 23rd-29th August, 2015.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2015) Religiosity and expanding the cooperative sphere in Kastom and Christian villages on Tanna, Vanuatu. XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Erfurt, Germany, 23rd-29th August, 2015.

Atkinson, Q. D., Sookias, R., & Passmore, S. (2014). The legacy of cultural ancestry among modern nation states. 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C., 3rd-7th December, 2014.

Atkinson, Q. D., Bouckaert, R. & Bowern, C. (2014). Phylogeographic inference from linguistic data: Pama-Nyungan. 47th Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea, Poznan, Poland, 11th-14th September, 2014.

Atkinson, Q. D. & Coomber, T. (2014) Cultural and environmental predictors of pre-European deforestation on Pacific Islands. 26th Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Natal, Brazil, July 30th – August 2nd, 2014.

Kamilar J.M. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2014) Patterns of cultural nestedness in humans, chimpanzees, and orangutans. 83rd Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists, Calgary, CANADA, 08 Apr 2014 – 12 Apr 2014. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL. 153: 154-155. 01 Mar 2014 [link]

Atkinson, Q. D. (2014) Can we see the ghost of cultures past? – Testing for statistical non-independence between human cultures, 18th Annual New Zealand Phylogenetics Meeting, Onetangi Beach, Waiheke Island, 2nd-7th February, 2014.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2013) The evolution of culture through time and space. 25th Conference for the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami Beach, Florida, 17th-20th July, 2013.

Atkinson, Q. D., Bouckaert, R., Greenhill, S. J., Alekseyenko, A. V., Gray, R. D., Drummond, A. J., Suchard, M., and Lemey, P. (2012). Phylogeographic Approaches to Tracing Human Cultural Ancestry. 111th American Anthropological Association Meeting. San Francisco, USA, 14-18th November, 2012.

Atkinson, Q. D., Ross, R. & Greenhill, S. J. (2012). Population Structure and Cultural Geography of a Folktale in Europe. Biological and Cultural Evolution and Their Interactions, Aarhus, Denmark, 26-30th June, 2012.

Atkinson, Q. D. & Latham, A. (2012). Tracing the origins of moralizing high gods. International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion Conference, Aarhus, Denmark, 26-30th June, 2012.

Atkinson, Q. D., Bouckaert, R., Greenhill, S. J., Alekseyenko, A. V., Gray, R. D., Drummond, A. J., Suchard, M., and Lemey, P. (2011). Modelling spatial expansion on language trees. 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics. Osaka, Japan, 25-30th July, 2011.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2011). Tracing language origins in Space and Time. NZ Phylogenetics Meeting, Leigh, New Zealand, 6-11 February, 2011.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2010). Explaining Religion Project – How do religions evolve? Religion: A human phenomenon. IAHR XXth world congress. University of Toronto, Canada, 15-21 August, 2010. (http://www.religion.utoronto.ca/resources/iahr.htm)

Poster: Bouratt, P. and Atkinson, Q. D. (2010). Supernatural policing and human cooperation. IAHR XXth world congress. University of Toronto, Canada, 15-21 August, 2010. (http://www.religion.utoronto.ca/resources/iahr.htm)

Atkinson, Q. D., Bourrat, P., and Whitehouse, H. (2010) Cross-cultural variation in religious belief and practice. Cognition, Religion and Theology project conference, Merton College, Oxford, 27th June – 1st  July, 2010.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2009). The prospects of tracing deep language ancestry. International Conference on Molecular Anthropology in the Genomic Era, Rome, 3rd-5th December, 2009.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2009). Religion as a cultural replicator. Explaining Religion, 2nd project conference, Oxofrd, UK, 17th-19th August, 2009.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2009) Modelling spatial variation in language data – a biological approach. 19th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 10th-14th August, 2009.

Atkinson, Q.D. (2008). Classification and the Tempo of Language Change. New Directions in Historical Linguistics, Lyon, 12th-14th May, 2008.

Atkinson, Q. D., Meade, A., and Pagel, M. (2007). Frequencies of word use predict rates of lexical evolution throughout Indo-European history. Modern Approaches to Investigating Cultural Evolution, Department of Anthropology, University College, London, UK, 9th November, 2007.

Atkinson, Q. D., Meade, A., and Pagel, M. (2007). Frequencies of word use predict rates of lexical evolution throughout Indo-European history. 18th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Montreal, 6th-11th August, 2007.

Atkinson, Q. D., Gray, R. D., and Drummond, A. (2007). Genetic evidence for a major Southern Asian chapter in human prehistory. Evolution 2007 (the combined meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society of Systematic Biologists), Christchurch, New Zealand,16th-20th June, 2007.

Atkinson, Q. D., Meade, A., Venditti, C. and Pagel, M. (2007). Language families reveal historical signal of punctuational evolution. Evolution 2007 (the combined meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society of Systematic Biologists), Christchurch, New Zealand,16th-20th June, 2007.

Atkinson, Q. D., Meade, A., and Pagel, M. (2006). Understanding rates of language evolution. Presented at The Divergence of Languages: Mathematical Modelling and Estimation, St Peter’s College, Oxford, 7th December 2006.

Atkinson, Q. D., Gray, R. D., and Drummond, A. (2006). The Perils of Dating Eve – Time-dependency in human mtDNA rate estimates. Evolution 2006 (the combined meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society of Systematic Biologists), Stony Brook, NY, June 23rd-27th, 2006.

Atkinson, Q. D., Greenhill, S. J. and Gray, R. D. (2005). If Our Genes Could Talk: Reconstructing human population history with genetic and linguistic data. Presented at – Molecular Biology and Evolution Conference, Auckland, NZ. June 19th-23rd, 2005.

Atkinson, Q. D. and Gray, R. D. (2005), Language trees – What difference does an ancestor make? Presented at NZIMA Phylogenetics meeting, Whitianga05, New Zealand.

Poster: Atkinson, Q. D. and Gray R. D. (2005), How old is the Indo-European language family – A biological solution to a linguistic problem. Presented at – NZBio Conference, Auckland, NZ. March 14th-15th, 2005.

Atkinson, Q. D. and Gray, R. D. (2004). How old is the Indo-European language family? Illumination or more moths to the flame? Presented at – Phylogenetic methods and the prehistory of languages, MacDonald Institute, Cambridge, UK.

Poster: Atkinson, Q. D. and Gray R. D. (2004), How old is the Indo-European language family? – A biological solution to a linguistic problem. Presented at – Evolution of Language: Fifth International Conference, 2004, Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany.

Atkinson, Q. D. and Gray, R. D. (2004), How old is the Indo-European language family – A biological solution to a linguistic problem. Presented at NZIMA Phylogenetics meeting, DOOM04, New Zealand.