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Marco Smolla

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

phone: +49 341 3550 338
e-mail: marco_smolla@~@eva.mpg.de
website: https://marcosmolla.com

Research interests
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

Research interests

I am computational and evolutionary biologist with a background in behavioural physiology and ecology. My research focusses on how we make culture and how this affects us. I am using simulation models and existing data to study how culture emerges from individual and inter-individual actions and how it spreads in populations. I explicitly model dynamic social networks to simulate real-world interaction and information sharing patterns that change over time. I am currently working towards a modelling framework that is more explicit about the process of learning, taking into account insights from developmental psychology, ethnography, and anthropology.
 

Curriculum Vitae

Current position

Postdoctoral fellow in Dr Anne Kandler’s lab at the Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Appointments held

2017-2021 Postdoctoral fellow in Dr Erol Akçay’s lab at the Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Education

2017 PhD in Evolutionary Biology, University of Manchester, United Kingdom (supervision by Dr Susanne Shultz and Dr Tucker Gilman)
2011 Diplom (Masters equivalent) in Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany (supervision by Dr Christoph J. Kleineidam)
2008 Vordiplom in Biology, University of Jena, Germany

Grants & awards

2013 Royal Society Studentship for a three-year PhD project at the University of Manchester
2012 Internship Stipend ($2,400), Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

 

Publications

2021

Perry, S., Carter, A., Smolla, M., Akçay, E., Nöbel, S., Foster, J. G., & Healy, S. D. (2021). Not by transmission alone: The role of invention in cultural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376(1828): 20200049.
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Smolla, M., Jansson, F., Lehmann, L., Houkes, W., Weissing, F. J., Hammerstein, P., Dall, S. R. X., Kuijper, B., & Enquist, M. (2021). Underappreciated features of cultural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376(1828): 20200259.
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2020

Acerbi, A., Mesoudi, A., & Smolla, M. Individual-based models of cultural evolution. A step-by-step guide using R. Open Science Foundatoin (OSF).
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Perry, S., & Smolla, M. (2020). Capuchin monkey rituals: An interdisciplinary study of form and function. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences,
375(1805), 20190422.
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Morsky, B., Smolla, M., & Akçay, E. (2020). Evolution of contribution timing in public goods games. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287(1927), 20200735.
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Gilman, R. T., Johnson, F., & Smolla, M. (2020). Competition for resources can promote the divergence of social learning phenotypes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological
Sciences, 287(1921), 20192770
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2019

Smolla, M., Akçay, E. (2019). Cultural selection shapes network structure. Science Advances, 5(8), eaaw0609.
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Smolla, M., Rosher, C., Gilman, R. T., Shultz, S. (2019). Reproductive skew affects social information use. Royal Society Open Science, 6(7), 182084. 
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2018

Smolla, M., Invernizzi, E., Bazhydai, M., Casoli, M., Deffner, D., Faria, G. S., ... Uchiyama, R. (2018). Second Annual Workshop of the Association of Early-Career Social Learning Re-
searchers in St Andrews, Scotland. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews.
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2016

Kranstauber B., SmollaM., Safi K., 2016. Similarity in spatial utilisation distributions measured by the Earth Mover’s Distance. Methods Ecol. Evol.
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Smolla, M., Alem, S., Chittka, L., Shultz, S., 2016. Copy-when-uncertain: bumblebees rely on social information when rewards are highly variable. Biology Letters.
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2015

Smolla, M., Galla, T., Gillman, T., Shultz, S., 2015. Competition for resources can explain patterns of social and individual learning in nature. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 
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2014

Smolla, M., Nagel, M., Ruchty, M., Kleineidam, C.J., 2014. Clearing pigmented insect cuticle to investigate small insects’ organs in-situ using confocal laser-scanning microscopy
(CLSM). Arthropod Structure and Development.
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