PhD Candidate in Evolutionary Biology, University of St Andrews
I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Scotland.
I develop novel theory and apply existing modelling frameworks to investigate the evolutionary-ecological factors driving warfare and other forms of competition between human groups and their role in the evolution of cooperation and complex societies.
I identify which stable strategies result as outcomes of conflicts of interest over social behaviours between parties at the same and at different levels of the biological hierarchy (genes, individuals, groups), with particular attention to the role of epigenetic mechanisms, such as genomic imprinting and cultural transmission.
I work together with my supervisors, Prof. Andy Gardner & Prof. Graeme Ruxton.
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