Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6 04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 3550 347
Email: john_bunce@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Office: level 1, room u1.15
Personal webpage: jabunce.wordpress.com
I’m an evolutionary anthropologist with broad interests. Currently I study how inter-ethnic interaction affects cultural dynamics. When two ethnic groups come into contact and individuals start interacting across the ethnic boundary, the distributions of certain ethnic-typical values and beliefs in one or both groups often change. I’m interested in the complex processes that determine the nature, direction, and magnitude of such change. To explore these processes I use both mathematical models and long-term fieldwork among neighboring Mestizo and indigenous Matsigenka folks in Amazonian Peru. In the previous episode of my academic life, I studied the ecology and genetics of color vision in Neotropical primates, chasing monkeys through the same forests where I now work with people.