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Claire El MoudenClaire El Mouden
Department of Zoology, Oxford University

Claire is in her final year studying for a DPhil at Christ Church, supervised by Prof. Stuart West and Dr. Andy Gardner. She uses kin-selection theory to study social behaviour, primarily in humans. She is particularly interested in cultural evolution, and the extent to which evolutionary models may explain the changes in human social and institutional complexity.

 

oetteProfessor Lorenz Goette
Department of Economics, University of Lausanne

Lorenz’s research interests are in the field of "economics and psychology", a field that examines systematic departures from the assumptions of the standard economic model. His research focuses on applications in labor economics. His current projects examine the extent and consequences of downward nominal wage rigidity, and how departures from full intertemporal maximization can impact labor supply in surprising ways. He is also interested how social identity shapes organisations, and incentives within organisations. Previouslz, Lorenz was a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a professor at the Univeristy of Geneva.


Professor Laurent Lehmann
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne

Laurent uses game-theoretic kin-selection models to examine a broad range of questions relating to the evolution and learning of social behaviours. His interests include the coevolution of dispersal and altruism under imperfect discrimination and the effect of population structure and imperfect information on the evolution of altruism.

 

Daniel RankinDr Daniel Rankin
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group, University of Zürich

Daniel is an SNF Ambizione researcher at the University of Zürich, and works on various aspects of evolution and ecology, with interests ranging from bacteria to humans, with a particular focus on social evolution. He uses a variety of theoretical modeling to address evolutionary problems and also works very closely with empiricists, both experimentalists and bioinformaticians, to test our models and generate new ideas.

Stuart WestProfessor Stuart West
Department of Zoology, Oxford University

Stuart holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and is the current Professor Evolutionary Biology at Oxford University, with 150 publications to date, Stuart’s interest range from social behaviour in humans, to cooperation and spite in microbes, to conflict in fig wasps and cooperative breeding in vertebrates. He combines theoretical and experimental work, primarily to focus on sociality, specifically the evolution of cooperation and sex allocation theory. As well as one of our invited speakers, Stu is also one of our invited speakers.