Lab Members

 There are a number of fully funded graduate student positions available in the lab. 

Prospective PhD or Masters students and postdocs should contact Dr Quentin
Atkinson (q.atkinson@auckland.ac.nz) to explore funding opportunities.

Current Students

Scott Claessens

Scott Claessens (PhD student, University of Auckland, 2018-present)
Research project: Political gaming: using economic games to explore the foundations of political ideology

 

Thanos Kyritsis (PhD student, University of Auckland, 2018-present)
Research project: Predicting cultural diffusion dynamics using networks

 

Kyle Fischer (PhD student, University of Auckland, 2018-present)
Research project: Competition, cooperation, and conformity: The evolutionary and psychological foundations of political ideology

 

Oliver Sheehan

Oliver Sheehan (PhD student, University of Auckland, 2015-present)
Research project: The cultural evolution of social complexity

 

Thomas Vardy (PhD student, University of Auckland, 2014-present)
Research project: Evolution of commons management in the Pacific

 

 

Past Students

Henry Dixson (Research Fellow 2015-2017): Cooperative Behaviour and Theory of Mind

Ben Johannes (D.Phil, Oxford, co-supervised with Prof Harvey Whitehouse, 2012-present):
Research project: Evolution of ritual among rebel groups
Website: http://www.icea.ox.ac.uk/about-us/people/ben-johannes/

Joseph Watts (PhD student, University of Auckland, 2012-2017):
Research project: The cultural evolution of religion – a phylogenetic approach
Website: http://josephwatts.org/

Jenny Long(PhD student co-supervised with Dr Niki Harre, University of Auckland, 2011-2016):
Research project: The spread of health behaviours through social networks

Georgia Birnie (Masters student, University of Auckland, 2014-2015):
Research project: The Role of Threat and Conformity in Moral Judgements

Sam Passmore (Masters student, University of Auckland, 2013-2014):
Research project: The cultural evolution of social norms and institutions
Website: http://www.sampassmore.com/index.html

Matthew Troutwine (Masters student co-supervised with Dr Niki Harre, University of Auckland, 2012-2014):
Research project: The cultural evolution of altruism

Pierrick Bourrat (Masters student, Oxford):
Research project: Supernatural policing and human cooperation

Carmen Lau (Dissertation student 2016):
Research project: Efficacy of newspaper articles on IPCC reports

Sophie Borrie (Dissertation student 2015):
Research project: The communication of IPCC reports in the media – efficacy over time and across sources

Nooshin Rehu (Dissertation student 2014):
Research project: Climate change engagement – impact of religiosity and framing

Ties Coomber (Dissertation student 2013):
Research project: Evolution of resource management in the Pacific

Tim Saunders (Dissertation student 2013):
Research project: Priming reputation management

Ben Dryden(Dissertation student 2012):
Research project: Evolution of resource management in the Pacific

Oliver Sheenan(Dissertation student 2012):
Research project: Pushing back the time barrier in historical linguistics

Deidre du Toit (Dissertation student 2011):
Research project: Patterns of cultural variation in music

Louise Walker (Dissertation student 2011):
Research project: Social influence on academic performance

Summer scholarship students: Daniel Kelly, Arianne Mendoza, Michael Lay, Sam Passmore

 

Collaborators

Claire Bowern, Yale University

Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford

Susanne Shultz, University of Oxford

Harvey Whitehouse, University of Oxford

Mark Pagel, University of Reading

Russell Gray, University of Auckland

Simon Greenhill, University of Auckland

Joe Henrich, University of British Columbia

David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University