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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

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Alexandra Alvergne

Researcher

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Mélissa Barkat-Defradas

Researcher

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Claire Berticat

Advanced research assistant IR

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Lugdiwine Burtschell

PhD student

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Marie Charpentier

Senior researcher

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Axelle Delaunay

PhD student

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Valérie Durand

Research assistant AI

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Charlotte Faurie

Researcher

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Bernard Godelle

Professor

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Élise Huchard

Researcher

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Michel Raymond

Senior researcher

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Nikolaos Smit

PhD student

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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.