Research – February 2016


New publications

Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher and colleague Stefano Kaburu recently published new research on chimpanzee grooming behaviour, which was covered by the University of Kent’s Science News:

Kaburu, S. S. K., & Newton-Fisher, N. E. (2016). Bystanders, parcelling, and an absence of trust in the grooming interactions of wild male chimpanzees. Scientific Reports, 1–10.

Andrea Albergoni, an MSc student, has just published his Masters research with DICE alumnus Steve Green and Operation Wallacea in Honduras:

Albergoni, A., Bride, I.G., Scialfa, C.T., Jocque, M. and Green, S. How useful are volunteers for visual biodiversity surveys? An evaluation of skill level and group size during a conservation expedition. Biodiversity Conservation (2016) 25:133–149

Dr Alastair Key has also had two papers accepted for publication this week:Key-Inset

Key, A.J.M. and Lycett, S.J., (2016) Influence of handaxe size and shape on cutting efficiency: a large-scale experiment and morphometric analysis. Journal of Archaeological Method and TheoryDOI: 10.1007/s10816-016-9276-0

Key, A.J.M. (2016) Integrating mechanical and ergonomic research within functional and morphological analyses of lithic cutting technology: key principles and future experimental directions.Ethnoarchaeology 8(1) DOI: 10.1080/19442890.2016.1150626


Successful vivas

Last week, two DICE PhD students successfully defended their theses. Many congratulations to both on their achievement!

Amy Hinsley: Characterising the structure and function of international wildlife trade networks in the age of online communication.

Meed Mbizo: The dynamics of governing natural resources in Namibia’s conservancies and community forests: Implications for empowerment, equity and sustainability.
We would also like to congratulate Meed on the forthcoming birth of her baby!

Funding Success

Marie-Curie-HeaderThe School of Anthropology and Conservation are delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded two Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships. These awards are very competitive and highly prestigious and we look forward to welcoming two new colleagues, each on a two year fellowship in the forthcoming months. Dr Julia Martorell will be engaged on a project entitled ‘MOSAIC’ hosted by Dr Tracy Kivell. Dr Alanna Cant will be working on a project entitled ‘Restoration and Faith’ hosted by Dr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos.
We will be profiling both Dr Martorell and Dr Cant in future editions of the newsletter and hope to keep you updated on the progress of their projects.


Rosie Pitfield (current PhD student: Skeletal Biology Research Centre) received an International Pollitzer Student Travel Award to offset the costs of travelling to, and presenting at, the forthcoming American Association of Physical Anthropology Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The award was made on the basis of an essay competition. Well done Rosie!


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