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England, UNITED KINGDOM  •  Tsimané & Mosetén villages, BOLIVIAN AMAZON

Cultural-religious groups include Christians and Muslims living in various locations in England, United Kingdom; as well as Catholics and Evangelical Protestants living in Tsimané and Mosetén villages in the Bolivian Amazon

PIs:  Emily Burdett (PI) • Michael Gurven (Co-PI) • Helen Elizabeth Davis (Co-PI)


PI: Kushnir

Emily Burdett
Michael Gurven
Helen Davis

Emily Burdett (PI) completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2013. She is Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham and a research associate post with the University of Oxford.  Her work explores various aspects of 'culture'; these include the development and spread of skills, tool use, morals, norms, and supernatural ideas. Her work uses an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and experimental approach. She has published numerous studies regarding children’s developing understanding of supernatural agent concepts and many of these have involved cross-cultural studies in locations such as Israel, Albania, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic.


Michael Gurven (Co-PI) received his PhD in 2000 in Human Evolutionary Ecology at the University of New Mexico. His research group studies how ecological and social factors shape behavior, physiology, health and psychology. Incorporating insights and perspectives from both the life and social sciences provides a unique research environment for explaining human diversity. He has conducted fieldwork with South American indigenous populations for over two decades, and has published over 200 articles that take an evolutionary perspective on behavior, health, physiology and psychology. He is Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Integrative Anthropological Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara, co-Director of the Tsimane Health and Life History Project, and Area Director of Biodemography and Evolution at UCSB. 


Helen Elizabeth Davis (Co-PI) is an assistant professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and a research scientist in the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the evolution of childhood, social learning, and cognition across the lifecourse. Davis received her PhD from the University of New Mexico in Evolutionary Anthropology in 2015. Utilizing natural experiments, Davis has worked with Tsimané people of Bolivia for over 10 years in collaboration with the Tsimané Health and Life History Project. In 2017, she established a fieldsite in northern Namibia and southern Angola,  among the OvaTwa and Himba peoples, in collaboration with Profs. Joe Henrich, Michael Muthukrishna, and Elizabeth Cashdan. Davis is also the cofounder and current president of One Pencil Project, a 501(c)(3) education and disaster relief nonprofit.

Photographs of Nottingham, England, a research site for this sub-grant.

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