Director of the Duckworth Laboratory
Reader in Human Evolutionary Biology
Evolution of language
Departments and Institutes
My work has focused mainly on the evolution and diversity of modern humans, Homo sapiens. This research has involved a range of disciplines, including human palaeontology, evolutionary genetics, behavioural ecology, linguistics and archaeology. I currently have field projects in Libya (prehistory), India (anthropology & genetics) and Kenya (palaeoanthropology). The diversity of humans is a central research topic, particularly the role of behavioural, reproductive and cultural factors (including language) in shaping how humans moved from a small population in Africa to a diverse, global one.