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Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 315
fax: +49 (0)341 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@eva.mpg.de


Anne Kandler

Senior Scientist

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

Phone: +49 341 3550 307
Email: anne_kandler@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Office: level 1, room u1.16

Curriculum Vitae
Publications


I am an applied mathematician interested in the underlying principles of cultural change especially in changing environmental conditions. Cultural change is often expressed by frequency changes of cultural traits, i.e. behaviour learnt socially, within and across populations. Social learning, however, can occur in a large variety of ways and my research aims at establishing why certain learning mechanisms evolved and in which situations they are expected to be present.  In particular I am interested in bridging theoretical and empirical work in cultural evolution and focus on understanding the limits of inferability of underlying evolutionary processes from population-level data. I explore the question of how much information about social learning mechanisms is contained in observed frequency distributions describing a specific episode of cultural change. To do so I develop simulation and statistical inference methods to create frameworks for analysing cultural change accounting for the problem of equifinality.

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Employment

2016-presentSenior Scientist
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, Germany
2012-2016Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Department of Mathematics
City, University of London, UK
2010-2012Omidyar Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Santa Fe Institute, USA
2008-2010Leverhulme Trust Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellow
UCL Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity, UK
(with James Steele)
2006-2008Postdoctoral Research Associate
UCL Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity, UK
(with James Steele and Kevin Laland)
2006PhD in Applied Mathematics
“Parabolic initial boundary value problems with random boundary and initial conditions”
University of Technology Chemnitz, Germany
2001Diploma in Mathematics and Business
University of Technology Chemnitz, Germany

Grant and Awards

2014LMS New Lecturer conference grant
2012NSF EAGER grant “Linking Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution”
together with Laura Fortunato (Santa Fe Institute)
2010Gabriel W. Lasker Prize for the paper “Demography and language competition”
(awarded by Human Biology for the best article published in 2009)
2010Omidyar Fellowship (Santa Fe Institute)
2008Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship

Publications

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