Dr Daniel Smith

BSc (Plym.), MSc (UCL), PhD (UCL)

  • BS8 2BN


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Research interests

By training I am an Evolutionary Anthropologist, interested in understanding human behaviour and adaptation from a evoutionary perspective. I completed a PhD at UCL (awarded June 2017) exploring cooperation among the Agta, a population of Filipino hunter-gatherers. This involved ten months of fieldwork in remote forests where I conducted behavioural experiments to explore how much individuals cooperated, who they cooperated with, and why. I am also interested in the ontogenetic roots of cooperation, the evolution of storytelling, and wider links between cooperation, life history theory and cultural evolution.

Since August 2016 I have been working at the University of Bristol as a Data Preparation Assistant - and more recently as a Data Pipeline Manager and Research Associate - for the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). This role requires processing, analysing and documenting data from a unique three-generational resource, spanning over 25 years, investigating health and social issues in a Bristol-based cohort. I have been involved in ALSPAC-based projects exploring inter-generational differences in health and well-being (using the ALSPAC generation 2/COCOs data), as well as investigating mental health in ALSPAC participants using linkage data from routine GP records. As a perk of my position, I have also undertaken research exploring topics in evolutionary anthropology using the ALSPAC dataset, such as the impact of sibling relatedness on reproductive development.

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Smith, D.

6/03/18 → …

Project: Research

Research Output

  • 19 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 2 Letter (Academic Journal)

Cultural group selection and human cooperation: a conceptual and empirical review

Smith, D., 7 Feb 2020, In : Evolutionary Human Sciences. 2, 29 p., e2.

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Open Access
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    Global WEIRDing: transitions in wild plant knowledge and treatment preferences in Congo hunter–gatherers

    Salali, G. D., Dyble, M., Chaudhary, N., Sikka, G., Derkx, I., Keestra, S., Smith, D., Thompson, J., Vinicius, L. & Migliano, A. B., 1 Jun 2020, In : Evolutionary Human Sciences. 2, 14 p., e24.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 9 Downloads (Pure)

    Hunter-gatherer multilevel sociality accelerates cumulative cultural evolution

    Migliano, A. B., Battiston, F., Viguier, S., Page, A. E., Dyble, M., Schlaepfer, R., Smith, D., Astete, L., Ngales, M., Gómez-Gardeñes, J., Latora, V. & Vinicius, L., 28 Feb 2020, In : Science Advances. 6, 9, 8 p., eaax5913.

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    Open Access
  • 32 Downloads (Pure)