I am an evolutionary biologist with a keen interest in the evolution of human behavior and cognition. I got my MSc in biology and PhD in biological anthropology from the University of Zurich working with Carel van Schaik. I have studied different aspects of culture and cooperation in serveral nonhuman primate species and am currently extending my research to humans. My main focus is on the behavioral ecology and evolutionary psychology of cooperation in a population of Amazonian forager-horticulturalists, the Tsimane. More specifically, I am investigating the origins of social inequality and its influence on cooperation patterns, how people make decisions about cooperative acts with different social partners and whether these decisions are consistent with evolutionary theory and actually observed behavior. My main advisor at UCSB is Michael Gurven in the Anthropology department.
Department of Psychology