|Principal Investigator Profile
Prof Ruth Mace
Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology; Convenor of the Human Evolutionary Ecology Group; Co-Editor Human Evolution and Behavior, Department of Anthropology, University College London
Tel: +44 20 7679 8845
Fax: +44 20 7679 7728
|Research and Teaching interests
| Evolutionary ecology of human demography and life history, particularly empirical studies focussing on traditional African populations
Phylogenetic approaches to culture and language evolution, including comparative methods for testing cross-cultural hypotheses
Adaptive explanations for the demographic transition to low fertility
The evolutionary ecology of reproduction in a rural, Gambian population, using historical demographic records
Phylogenetic approaches to linguistic, cultural and bio-cultural evolution in sub-Saharan Africa and elsehere.
Village-level studies of the impact of development initiatives on fertility and mortality in rural Ethiopia
The evolutionary ecology of matriliny
| 1987: Dphil, Zoology, University of Oxford
Associated AHRC CECD Projects (Phase 2):
The rate of evolution of cultural traits on phylogenies
The diffusion of cultural innovations, contrasting models of spread
The Evolutionary Ecology of Human Cultural Group Diversity
Associated Continuing AHRC CEACB Projects (Phase 1):
Cultural adaptation and transmission in the Pacific: A comparative phylogenetic approach.
Associated Publications - AHRC CEACB - phase 1:
|•||Holden, C. J. and Mace, R (2005).|
The cow is the enemy of matriliny' using phylogenetic methods to investigate cultural evolution in Africa.Mace, R., Holden, C. J. & Shennan, S. J. (eds.). The Evolution of Cultural Diversity: A Phylogenetic Approach. UCL Press: London. 217-234.
|•||Mace, R., Jordan, F. and Holden, C (2003).|
Testing evolutionary hypotheses about human biological adaptation using cross-cultural comparison.Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Vol Part A. 85-94.
|•||Holden, C. and Mace, R (2003).|
Spread of cattle led to the loss of matriliny in Africa: a co-evolutionary analysis.Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Vol 270. 2425-2433.
|•||Holden, C. J., Sear, R. and Mace, R (2003).|
Matriliny as daughter-biased investment.Evolution and Human Behavior. Vol 24. 99-112.