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Evolutionary anthropology team

The Evolutionary anthropology team is dedicated to studying the diversity of human behaviours, and those observed in non-human primates, in the context of their evolutionary history. We investigate questions related to health, sociality, local adaptations, language, reproduction and sexual preferences using an evolutionary ecology theoretical framework. Several approaches (long-term field studies, modelling, experimental projects) and various types of data (demographic, immune, genetic, behavioural, social networks, hormonal) are used to answer questions about the emergence and maintenance of traits, be it cultural or biological. Our members are currently involved in a number of collaborative projects (Mandrillus Project, Tsaobis Baboon Project, Menstrual Messages Project, Ethiopian Life History Project, Khasi Health Project, RiskAdapt Project), with the aim to produce novel insights on the evolution and ecology of behaviour in humans and other primates.

Coordination :
Senior researcher

Members

Alexandra Alvergne

Researcher

Mélissa Barkat-Defradas

Researcher

Claire Berticat

Advanced research assistant IR

Lugdiwine Burtschell

PhD student

Marie Charpentier

Senior researcher

Axelle Delaunay

PhD student

Jules Dezeure

PhD student

Valérie Durand

Research assistant AI

Charlotte Faurie

Researcher

Bernard Godelle

Professor

Élise Huchard

Researcher

Michel Raymond

Senior researcher

Nikolaos Smit

PhD student

Sonia Tieo

PhD student

The Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier (ISEM – University of Montpellier, CNRS, IRD, EPHE, CIRAD, INRAP) has been focusing research on biodiversity origins and dynamics and the associated evolutionary mechanisms.