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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 for the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) in various roles - currently as a Data Pipeline Manager as Senior Research Associate in Epidemiology. This role requires processing, analysing, managing and documenting data from a unique three-generational resource, spanning nearly 30 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), using linkage data from routine GP records to investigate mental health in ALSPAC participants, and examining potential issues of selection bias in the ALSPAC COVID data. 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.
Ancestral childhood environmental exposures occurring to the grandparents and great-grandparents of the ALSPAC study childrenGolding, J., Gregory, S., Matthews, S. M., Smith, D., Suarez Perez, A., Bowring, C. E., Iles-Caven, Y. L., Birmingham, K. E., Pembrey, M. E., Suderman, M. J. & Northstone, K., 4 Sep 2020, In : Wellcome Open Research. 5, 207, 18 p.
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Smith, D., 7 Feb 2020, In : Evolutionary Human Sciences. 2, 29 p., e2.
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Global WEIRDing: transitions in wild plant knowledge and treatment preferences in Congo hunter–gatherersSalali, 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.
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