Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
Phone: +49 341 3550 326
E-mail: kristin_hagel@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Office: level 1, room u1.43
My research interests include the question of whether religious belief and ritual behavior have an adaptive significance in a social and ecological context. In order to tackle this question, I am currently examining whether variance in cross-cultural data concerning various aspects of religious belief can be explained by environmental constraints. By considering coordination problems I am additionally exploring ecological models of territoriality, landmark use and conservation practices. As part of my doctoral research I studied underlying theories of cooperation in social dilemmas and conducted economic games with human subjects. I am also interested in conservation and have research experience associated with non-human primates, rainforest ecology and community based forest management.