I am an anthropologist with a background in social and evolutionary anthropology. I have carried out mixed-methods research on topics related to cultural evolution, human behavioral ecology, and child development. My regional focus is Vanuatu, where I have done field research in rural areas on the islands of Efate and Espiritu Santo. For my PhD, I investigated the social learning strategies and cognitive mechanisms that support cumulative culture, and to what extent these are themselves shaped by cultural evolution. I also examined the cultural and demographic context of children’s development, including kinship systems, co-residence patterns, and socioeconomic transitions, allowing me to gain insight into local family structures.
For my postdoc, I am investigating how cultural practices shape people's reproductive careers and the demographic composition of populations in Melanesia, with a focus on causal arguments made in the ethnographic record.