Publications

 

Moravec, J. C., Atkinson, Q. D., Bowern, C., Greenhill, S. J., Jordan, F. M., Ross, R., Gray, R. D., Marsland, S. and Cox, M. P. (2018). Post-Marital Residence Patterns Show Lineage-Specific Evolution. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39(6): 594–601. link

Savage, P. E., Cronin, C., Müllensiefen, D., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2018). Quantitative evaluation of music copyright infringement. In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis (FMA2018) (pp. 61–66).

Tambets, K., Yunusbayev, B., Hudjashov, G., Ilumäe, A., Rootsi, S., Honkola, T., Vesakoski, O., Atkinson, Q. D., Skoglund, P., Kushniarevich, A., Litvinov, S., Reidla, M., Metspalu, E., Saag, L., Rantanen, T., Karmin, M., Parik, J., Zhadanov, S. I., Gubina, M., Damba, L. D., Bermisheva, M., Reisberg, T., Dibirova, K.,Evseeva, I., Nelis, M., Klovins, J., Metspalu, A., Esko, T., Balanovsky, O., Balanovska, E., Khusnutdinova, E. K., Osipova, L. P., Voevoda, M., Villems, R., Kivisild, T., Metspalu, M. (in press). Genes reveal traces of common recent demographic history for most of the Uralic speaking populations. Genome Biology. 19:139. link

Purzycki, B. G., Pisor, A. C., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q. D., Cohen, E., Henrich, J., McElreath, E., McNamara, R. A., Norenzayan, A., Willard, A. K., Xygalatas D. (2018). The cognitive and cultural foundations of moral behavior. Evolution and Human Behavior.  DOI:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.04.004

Watts, J., Sheehan, O., Bulbulia, J., Gray, R. D. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2018). Christianity spread faster in small, politically structured societies. Nature Human Behaviour. DOI:10.1038/s41562-018-0379-3

Moravec, J. C., Atkinson, Q. D., Bowern, C., Greenhill, S. J., Jordan, F. M., Ross, R., Gray, R. D., Marsland, S. and Cox, M. P. (in press). Post-Marital Residence Patterns Show Lineage-Specific Evolution. Evolution and Human Behavior. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.06.002

Sheehan, O., Watts, J., Gray, R. D., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2018). Coevolution of landesque capital intensive agriculture and sociopolitical hierarchy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1714558115

Purzycki B. G., Ross C. T., Apicella C., Atkinson Q. D., Cohen E., et al. (2018) Material security, life history, and moralistic religions: A cross-cultural examination. PLoS ONE 13(3): e0193856. [link] [pdf]

Bouckaert, R., Bowern, C. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2018). The origin and expansion of Pama–Nyungan languages across Australia. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2:741-749. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0489-3

Atkinson, Q. D. (2018). Religion and expanding the cooperative sphere in Kastom and Christian Villages on Tanna, Vanuatu. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 8(2):149-167. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1267028

Purzycki, B. G., Henrich, J., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q. D., Cohen, E., McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., Xygalatas, D. & Norenzayan, A. (2018). The Evolution of Religion and Morality Project: A Synthesis of Ethnographic and Experimental Evidence from Eight Societies. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 8(2):101-132. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1267027

Maurits, L., Forkel, R., Kaiping, G. A. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2017) BEASTling: a software tool for linguistic phylogenetics using BEAST 2. PLoS ONE. 12(8), e0180908.DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180908 [pdf]

Purzycki, B. G., Henrich, J., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q. D., Baimel, A., Cohen, E., McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., Xygalatas, D., & Norenzayan, A. (2018) The evolution of religion and morality: a synthesis of ethnographic and experimental evidence from eight societies. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8:2, 101-132, DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1267027

Sookias, R. B., Passmore, S., Atkinson, Q. D. (2018). Deep cultural ancestry and human development indicators across nation states.  [pdf]

Botero, C. A., Harmon, L. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2017). The promise and limits of eco-evolutionary studies of human culture: a comment on Sloan Wilson et al. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 7(2): 153-155. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2015.1132249

Atkinson, Q. D., Coomber, T., Passmore, S., Greenhill, S. J. & Kushnick, G. (2016) Cultural and Environmental Predictors of Pre-European Deforestation on Pacific Islands. PLoS ONE, 11(5): e0156340. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156340

Purzycki, B.G., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q.D.,Cohen, E., McNamara, R.A., Willard, A.K., Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A., Henrich, J. (2016). Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality. Nature, 530, pages 327–330. DOI: 10.1038/nature16980

Watts, J., Sheehan, O., Atkinson, Q. D., Bulbulia, J. & Gray, R. D. (2016). Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies. Nature, 532:228-231. DOI: 10.1038/nature17159

Matthews, L. J., Passmore, S., Richard, P. M., Gray, R. D. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). Shared Cultural History as a Predictor of Political and Economic Changes among Nation States. PLoS ONE, 11(4): e0152979. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152979

Purzycki, B. G., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q. D., Cohen, E., McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A. & Henrich, J. (2016). Cross-cultural dataset for the Evolution of Religion and Morality Project. Scientific Data. 3:160099. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2016.99

Saunders, T., Taylor, A. H. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). No evidence that a range of artificial monitoring cues influence online donations to charity in an MTurk sample. Royal Society Open Science, 3:150710. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150710 [pdf]

Ross, R. M. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). Cultural differentiation does not entail group-level structure: The case for geographically explicit analysis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39: e30. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X15000217

Purzycki, B. G., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q. D., Cohen, E., McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A. & Henrich, J. (2016). Moralistic Gods, Supernatural Punishment and the Expansion of Human Sociality. Nature, 530, 327-330. DOI: 10.1038/nature16980

Ross, R. M. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). Folktale transmission in the Arctic provides evidence for high bandwidth social learning among hunter-gatherer groups. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37(1):47-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.08.001

Watts, J., Sheehan, O., Greenhill, S. J., Gnomes-Ng, S., Atkinson, Q. D., Bulbulia, J. & Gray, R. D. (2015). Pulotu: Database of Austronesian Supernatural Beliefs and Practices. PLoS ONE, 10(9): e0136783. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136783 [pdf]

Savage, P. E., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2015). Automatic tune family identification by musical sequence alignment. 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, 2015: 162-168.

Watts, J., Greenhill, S. J., Atkinson, Q. D., Currie, T. E., Bulbulia, J., & Gray, R. D. (2015). Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 282: 20142556. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2556 [pdf]

Atkinson, Q. D., Latham, A. & Watts, J. (2015). Are Big Gods a big deal in the emergence of big groups? Religion, Brain and Behavior. 5(4):266-274. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2014.928351

Long, J., Harré, N. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2015). Social clustering in high school transport choices. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 41:155-165. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.01.001

Watts, J., Bulbulia, J., Gray, R.D., & Atkinson, Q.D. (2014). Clarity and Causality Needed in Claims about Big Gods. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39:e1. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X15000576

Opie, C., Shultz, S., Atkinson, Q. D., Currie, T. & Mace, R. (2014). Phylogenetic reconstruction of Bantu kinship challenges main sequence theory of human social evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 111(49): 17414–17419. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1415744111

Gardner, Paul; Addis, Donna Rose; Allen, Martin; Anderson, Barbara; Atkinson, Quentin D.; Bertler, Nancy; Bradley, Ashton; Bradley, Brendon; Cox, Murray P.; Drummond, Alexei; Fineran, Peter; Goldstone, David; Greenberg, Noam; Hay, Jennifer; Hodgkiss, Justin; Jacobsen, Jessie; Ru, Eric Le; Mace, Peter; Mayhew, Dillon; McKay, Rob; Montelle, Clemency; Moreham, Nicole; Muthukumaraswamy, Suresh; Nakagawa, Shinichi; Palmer, Suetonia; Patrick, Wayne M.; Poole, Anthony M.; Radford, Craig; Rattenbury, Nicholas J.; Reynolds, John N.J.; Shears, Nicholas; Shepherd, Lara; Sperry, Jonathan; Stanley, Elizabeth; Stouffer, Daniel B.; Tylianakis, Jason M.; Wanhalla, Angela; Willmott, Geoff; Woodfield, Tim (2014): NATIONAL STATEMENT OF SCIENCE INVESTMENT DRAFT: Response from Rutherford Discovery Fellows (2010-2013). [link]

Long, J., Harré, N. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2014). Understanding change in recycling and littering behavior across a school social network. American Journal of Community Psychology. 53(3):462-474. DOI: 10.1007/s10464-013-9613-3 [pdf]

Kamilar, J. M. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2014). Cultural assemblages show nested structure in humans and chimpanzees but not orangutans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 111(1):111-115. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1313318110

Shultz, S., Opie, C., Nelson, E., Atkinson, Q.D., Dunbar, R.I.M. (2014). Evolution of primate social systems: implications for hominin social evolution. Pages 317-332. In Lucy to Language: Benchmark Papers, Eds. R.I.M. Dunbar, C. Gamble and J.A.J. Gowlett. Oxford University Press (Oxford).

Opie, C., Atkinson, Q. D., Dunbar, R. I. M., & Shultz, S. (2014). Reply to Lukas and Clutton-Brock: Infanticide still drives primate monogamy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (17).

Opie, C., Atkinson, Q. D., Dunbar, R. I. M. & Shultz, S. (2013). Reply to Dixson: Infanticide triggers primate monogamy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 110(51):E4938. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1403165111 [pdf]

Opie, C., Atkinson, Q. D., Dunbar, R. I. M. & Shultz, S. (2013). Male infanticide leads to social monogamy in primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 110(33):13328–13332. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1307903110

Bulbulia, J., Geertz, A. W., Atkinson, Q. D., Cohen, E., Evans, N., Francois, P., Gintis, H., Gray, R. D., Henrich, J., Jordan, F., Norenzayan, A., Richerson, P. J., Slingerland, E., Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., Widlok, T., Wilson, D. S. (2013). The Cultural Evolution of Religion. Pages 381-404 in Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion, Eds. P. Richerson and M. H. Christiansen. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 12, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-01975-0

Gray, R. D., Greenhill, S. J., and Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). Phylogenetic models of language change: Three new questions. Pages 285-302 in Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion, Eds. P. Richerson and M. H. Christiansen. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 12, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Pagel, M., Atkinson, Q. D., Calude, A., & Meade (2013). Reply to Mahowald and Gibson and to Heggarty: No problems with short words, and no evidence provided. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 110 (35) E3255. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1309838110

Pagel, M., Atkinson, Q. D., Calude, A., & Meade (2013). Ultraconserved words point to deep language ancestry across Eurasia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 110(21):8471–8476. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1218726110

Atkinson, Q.D. (2013). The descent of words. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 110(11):4159-4160. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1300397110

Bulbulia, J. A., Greenhill, S. J., Atkinson, Q. D. & Gray, R. D. (2013). First shots fired for the phylogenetic revolution in religious studies: A commentary on David Sloan Wilson. Cliodynamics, 4(1):128-133.

Mullins, D. A., Whitehouse, H. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). The role of writing and recordkeeping in the cultural evolution of human cooperation. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 90:S141-S151. DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2012.12.017

Ross, R. M., Greenhill, S. J. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). Population structure and cultural geography of a folktale in Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 280(1756). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.3065 [pdf]

Bulbulia, J., Atkinson, Q. D., Gray, R. D. & Greenhill, S. J. (2013). Why Do Religious Cultures Evolve Slowly?The Cultural Evolution of Cooperative Calling and The Historical Study of Religions. Pages 197-211. In Mind, Morality and Magic: Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies, Eds. I. Czachesz and R. Uro. Equinox Publishing (Sheffield).

Whitehouse, H., Mazzucato, C., Hodder, I. and Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Modes of religiosity and the evolution of social complexity at Çatalhöyük. Pages 134-158. In Vital Matters – Religion in the Organization and Transformation of a Neolithic Society. Ed. Ian Hodder. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781107239043.008

Bowern, C. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Computational Phylogenetics and the Internal Structure of Pama-Nyungan. Language, 88(4):817-845. DOI: 10.1353/lan.2012.0081

Opie, C., Atkinson, Q. D. & Shultz, S. (2012). The evolutionary history of primate mating systems. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 5(5):458-461. DOI: 10.4161/cib.20821

Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Accent as social sonar. Current Anthropology, 53(5):605-606.

Bouckaert, R., Lemey, P., Dunn, M., Greenhill, S. J., Alekseyenko, A. V., Drummond, A. J., Gray, R. D., Suchard, M. A., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Mapping the origins and expansion of the Indo-European language family. Science, 337:957-960. DOI: 10.1126/science.1219669

Hoverd, W., Sibley C. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Group size and the trajectory of religious identification. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 51(2):286–303. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5906.2012.01643.x

Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Response to Comments on “Phonemic Diversity Supports Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa”. Science, 335, 1042. DOI: 10.1126/science.1215788

Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Response to Comments on “Phonemic Diversity Supports Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa”. Science, 335, 657. DOI: 10.1126/science.1210005

Shultz, S., Opie, C. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2011). Stepwise evolution of stable sociality in primates. Nature, 479:219-222. DOI: 10.1038/nature10601

Atkinson, Q. D. (2011). Linking spatial patterns of language variation to ancient demography and population migrations. Linguistic Typology, 15, 321-332. DOI: 10.1515/LITY.2011.022

Atkinson, Q. D. (2011). Phonemic Diversity Supports Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa. Science, 332:346-349. DOI: 10.1126/science.1199295

Bourrat, P., Atkinson, Q. D., and Dunbar, R. (2011). Supernatural punishment and individual social compliance across cultures. Religion, Brain and Behavior. 1(2), 119-134. [link]

Gray, R.D., Atkinson, Q. D. & Greenhill, S. J. (2011). Language evolution and human history: what a difference a date makes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B. 366:1090-1100. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0378 [pdf]

Atkinson, Q. D. & Whitehouse, H. (2011). The cultural morphospace of ritual form. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32:50-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.09.002

Atkinson, Q. D. & Bourrat, P. (2011). Beliefs about God, the afterlife and morality support the role of supernatural policing in human cooperation. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32:40-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.07.008

Greenhill S. J, Atkinson Q. D., Meade A., & Gray R. D. (2010). The shape and tempo of language evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 277:2443-2450. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0051 [pdf]

Atkinson, Q. D. (2010). The prospects for tracing deep language ancestry. Journal of Anthropological Science, 88: 231-233. EID: 2-s2.0-77953919285

Atkinson, Q. D., Gray, R.D. & Drummond, A. J. (2009). Bayesian coalescent inference of major human mtDNA haplogroup expansions in Africa. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 276: 367-373. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0785 [pdf]

Atkinson, Q. D. (2009). Language Classification by Numbers (Review). Diachronica, 26(1): 125-133. [pdf]

Pagel, M. and Atkinson, Q. D. (2008). The potential for genetic adaptations to language. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 31(5): 529-530. [link]

Atkinson, Q. D., Meade, A. M., Venditti, C., Greenhill, S. J. and Pagel, M. (2008). Response to “Parsing the Evolution of Language”, Joseph, B. D. and Mufwene, S. S. Science, 320: 446.

Brock, G. and Atkinson, Q. D. (2008). What can examining the psychology of nationalism tell us about our prospects for aiming at the cosmopolitan vision? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 11(2): 165-179. [link]

Atkinson, Q. D., Meade, A. M., Venditti, C., Greenhill, S. J. and Pagel, M. (2008). Languages evolve in punctuational bursts. Science, 319: 588. DOI: 10.1126/science.1149683

Atkinson, Q. D., Gray, R. D. and Drummond, A. J. (2008). mtDNA variation predicts population size in humans and reveals a major southern Asian chapter in human prehistory. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 25(2):468-474. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msm277

Harré, N. and Atkinson, Q. D. (2007). Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders can tackle climate change. Craig Potton Publishing (Nelson, New Zealand).

Pagel, M., Atkinson, Q. D. & Meade, A. (2007). Frequency of word-use predicts rates of lexical evolution throughout Indo-European history. Nature, 449: 717-20. [link]

Atkinson, Q. D. and Gray, R. D. (2006). How old is the Indo-European language family? Illumination or more moths to the flame? Pages 91-109 in Phylogenetic methods and the prehistory of languages Eds. J. Clackson, P. Forster and C. Renfrew. MacDonald Institute (Cambridge). [pdf]

Atkinson, Q. D. and Gray, R. D. (2006). Are Accurate Dates an Intractable Problem for Historical Linguistics? Pages 269-296 in Mapping our Ancestry: Phylogenetic Methods in Anthropology and Prehistory. Eds. C. Lipo, M. O’brien, S. Shennan & M. Collard. Aldine (Chicago).

Atkinson, Q. D. (2006). From Species to Languages – a phylogenetic approach to human history. PhD thesis, University of Auckland, Auckland.

Atkinson, Q. D. and Gray, R. D. (2005). Curious parallels, curious connections – Phylogenetic Thinking in Biology and Historical Linguistics, Systematic Biology, 54(4): 513-526. DOI: 10.1080/10635150590950317

Atkinson, Q. D., Nicholls, G., Welch, D. and Gray, R. D. (2005). From Words to Dates: Water into wine, mathemagic or phylogenetic inference? Transactions of the Philological Society, 103(2), 193-219. [link]

Gray, R. D. and Atkinson, Q. D. (2003). Language-tree divergence times support the Anatolian theory of Indo-European origin. Nature, 426: 435-9. [link]

 

 

Recent Invited Lectures

 

Atkinson, Q. D. (2017). Computational Phylogenetics (Working with Trees): Bayesian Inference of Language Phylogenies, part of the New Methods in Digital Historical Linguistics at the International Conference on Historical Linguistics, San Antonia, TX, 30th July, 2017

Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). Cultural Diversity in the Light of Evolution, Human Evolutionary Biology Department, Harvard University, 28th March, 2016.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2015). Religion as a cultural adaptation in the Pacific. Department of Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand, 14th December, 2015.

Harre, N. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2015). Psychology for a Sustainable Future. Psychology Day, Auckland University of Technology, 14th November 2015.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2015). Religiosity and expanding the cooperative sphere in Kastom and Christian villages on Tanna, Vanuatu. Religion in the Text and on the Ground, Cultural Evolution of Religion Consortium (CERC) Plenary, Montreal, Canada, 8th-10th May, 2015.

Atkinson, Q. D., Passmore, S. & Rookias, R. (2014). Quantifying the legacy of cultural ancestry in the 21st century. Evolutionary analysis beyond the gene, Theo Murphy Meeting, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, UK, 17th-18th November, 2014.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2014). Genes, languages and the human colonization of the globe. Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, 33rd workshop of the International School of Ethology “What made us human? Biological and cultural Evolution of Homo sapiens”, Erice, Sicily, ITALY, 14th-19th October, 2014. http://www.erice2014humanevo.it/

Atkinson, Q. D. (2014). Phylogeographic inference in Australia. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 21st October 2014.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2014). Phylogeographic inference in Australia. Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris, 7th October 2014.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2014). Is God an Adaptation? Reason and Science Society, University of Auckland, 19th August, 2014.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). The evolution of language and culture through time and space. Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris, 27th June 2013.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). The evolution of language and culture through time and space. Estonian BioCentre, University of Tartu, Estonia, 5th June 2013.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2013) Tracing human cultural ancestry. International Conference on Evolutionary Patterns, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, 27th–29th May, 2013.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2013) The evolution of religion. Talking Science, University of Auckland, 30th April 2013.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). The ghost of cultures past. Using Bayesian comparative techniques to model social and behavioural evolution, Royal Society Fellows International Scientific Seminar, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, UK, 10th-11th December, 2012.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Quantifying language change. Linguistic Students Society, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 4th October, 2012.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2012) Language change in time and space. Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Auckland, New Zealand, 31st July, 2012.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Using language to trace cultural ancestry. Culture, Cognition and Co-evolution Lab, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada, 9th July, 2012.

Nicholas Ostler, Michael Erard, Quentin Atkinson (2012) Saving Babel – Panel discussion (Isabel Hilton chair), HowTheLightGetsIn2012, Institute of Art and Ideas, Hay-on-Wye, UK, 2012.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2012) Language change in time and space. Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 4th June, 2012.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2011) Modelling the expansion of languages. CNRS Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lyon, France, 15th December, 2011.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2011) Modelling the origin of Indo-European languages in time and space. Applied Language Studies and Linguistics Seminar, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 26th October, 2011.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2011) Language change in time and space. Human evolution – plagues, pathogens and selection, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, UK, 8th-9th June, 2011.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2010) Charting cultural genealogies using language phylogenies: a Bayesian approach. Anthrotree workshop, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 3rd -6th June, 2010.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2010) The cultural evolution of human languages. Centre for Behavior, Evolution and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles, 1st June, 2010.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2009) An evolutionary approach to studying cultural diversity. Anthropology Department, University of Oxford, UK, 10th December, 2009.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2009) The evolution of languages. Zoology Department, University of Bern, Switzerland, 12th April, 2009.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2008) Modeling the cultural evolution of religion. Department for the Study of Religion, University of Aarhus, Denmark, 18th December, 2008.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2008) Modeling cultural evolution. Religion, Cognition and Culture Group, University of Aarhus, Denmark, 27th November, 2008.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2008) Darwin’s Tower of Babel – the evolution of languages. JRF Seminar, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, 4th June, 2008.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2008) Tempo and Mode in Language Evolution. Complex Agent-Based Dynamic Networks (CABDyN) Seminar series, Said Business School, University of Oxford, 3rd June, 2008.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2008) Tempo and Mode in Language Evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, Durham, UK, 19th February, 2008.

Atkinson, Q. D., Gray, R. D. and Drummond, A. J. (2008). Human population expansions, Bayesian skyline plots, mtDNA…and languages. Mathematical Genetics and Bioinformatics Group Seminar series, University of Oxford, 12th February, 2008.

Atkinson, Q. D. (2007). How old is the Indo-European language family? BA Festival of Science, York, 10th-14th September, 2007.

Atkinson, Q. D. and Gray, R. D. (2006). Language evolution and Mayan origins – a story of three Victorian best-sellers. Department of Anthropology, University College, London, UK, September, 2006.

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

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 URL

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.