Colette Berbesque
  • 1061 Parkstead House, Whitelands


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Research interests

I am an evolutionary anthropologist with particular research interests in human ecology, the evolution of the hominin diet, and the evolution of cooperation, prestige, and hierarchy. For more than a decade, my research has included fieldwork with the Hadza of Tanzania, one of the last extant hunter-gatherer populations. Through analysis of behavioural data from the Hadza as well as from other hunter-gatherer groups, I investigate aspects of human evolution, including: strategies of food procurement and provisioning, cooperation, reputation, and sexual selection and gender.

Research projects

I'm currently involved with a research group called The Human Generosity Project. This project is first large-scale transdisciplinary research project to investigate the interrelationship between biological and cultural influences on human generosity.


Human Ecology and Adaptation
Hunter-gatherers and Human Evolution



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