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Justin Yeh

Postdoctoral Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 3550 339
E-mail: justin_yeheva.mpgde

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Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in adapting mathematical models of speciation to the study of group formation and cultural divergence. Ideas such as linkage disequilibrium, mutation order, and selection against intermediates are important in speciation. I investigate the possibility of applying these concepts to the study of cultural evolution. Earlier in my PhD study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill I used analytical and computational modelling to investigate how the learning of mate choice signals and preferences affects speciation.

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Employment

2018- CurrentPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2012- 2018Ph.D. in Biology, Program in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Biology Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
2007- 2011B.S. in Life Science, with a Minor in Political Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Grants and Awards

2017-2018Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010- 2011 Research Grant for Undergraduate Students, National Science Council of Taiwan

Selected Teaching Experience

2017Guest Lecture for The Mathematics of Life – Honors
2014 & 2016Graduate Research Consultant for Mathematical and Computational Models in Biology
2014 - 2015TA for Animal Behavior Lab
2013 - 2015TA for Evolution and Ecology Recitation



Yeh, J. (2019). Assortative mating by an obliquely transmitted local cultural trait promotes genetic divergence: A model. The American Naturalist, 193(1), 81-92.
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Yeh, J., Fogarty, L., & Kandler, A. (2019). Cultural linkage: The influence of package transmission on cultural dynamics. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286: 20191951.
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Yeh, J., Boughman, J. W., Sætre, G.-P., & Servedio, M. R. (2018). The evolution of sexual imprinting through reinforcement*. Evolution, 72(7), 1336-1349.
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Yeh, J., & Servedio, M. R. (2015). Reproductive isolation with a learned trait in a structured population. Evolution, 69(7), 1938-1947.
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Servedio, M. R., Brandvain, Y., Dhole, S., Fitzpatrick, C. L., Goldberg, E. E., Stern, C. A., Van Cleve, J., & Yeh, J. (2014). Not Just a Theory—The Utility of Mathematical Models in Evolutionary Biology. PLOS Biology, 12(12): e1002017, pp. 1-5.
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