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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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Research Output

Field-testing olfactory ability to understand human olfactory ecology

Hoover, K., Botescu, D., Fedurek, P., Aarts, S. & Berbesque, C., 9 Mar 2020, In : American Journal of Human Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Managing risk through cooperation: Need-based transfers and risk pooling among the societies of the Human Generosity Project

Cronk, L., Berbesque, J., Conte, T., Gervais, M., Iyer, P., McCarthy, B., Sonkoi, D., Townsend, C. & Aktipis, A., 25 Jul 2019, Global perspectives on long term community resource management. Lozny, L. R. & McGovern, T. (eds.). Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Smart Festivals? Security and Freedom for Well-Being in Urban Smart Spaces

Crampton, J., Hoover, K. C., Smith, H., Berbesque, J. & Graham, S., 21 Oct 2019, In : Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Early Holocene morphological variation in hunter-gatherer hands and feet

Hoover, K. C. & Berbesque, J. C., 5 Sep 2018, In : PEERJ. 6, p. e5564

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 2 Oral presentation

Pint of science

Colette Berbesque (Speaker)
22 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Radical Anthropology Group Public Lecture

Colette Berbesque (Speaker)
28 Apr 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation