Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
Phone: +49 341 3550 320
E-mail: natalia_fedorova@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Humans have a diverse set of settlement strategies, ranging from high-mobility foraging to sedentary high-density urban living. Starting with experiments with sedentarism in the early Holocene, humans have now become a mainly urban species, with almost 60% of the global population living in urban environments.
My doctoral research, under the supervision of Richard McElreath, Anne Kandler, and Bret Beheim, aims to understand the dynamics of urbanization using theory and methods from cultural evolution. In particular the research focuses on elucidating the bi-directional relationship and co-evolution between human settlement and cultural evolution.