Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 341 3550 336
e-mail: riana_minocher@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de
office: level 1, room u1.42
I am an evolutionary biologist with broad interests. I have worked on a range of projects on human and non-human primate behaviour and ecology. I am currently particularly interested in the evolutionary processes that create and shape diversity between and within groups. Through my PhD research, I am keen on exploring the dynamics of cultural transmission and learning in human populations, to better understand the diverse patterns of behaviour we observe.
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, Culture
Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME).
Uppsala University, Sweden
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany
Arts and Sciences, with First Class Honours.
University College London, UK
with Dr. Katerina Guschanski.
Prepared 16S rRNA libraries for microbial DNA in faecal samples of Grauer’s gorillas; developed lab protocols, bioinformatic pipelines and assessed effects of social group, age, sex and diet on microbial profiles
|September 2016-February 2017||Emory University,|
with Dr. Adrian Jaeggi.
Conducted a study on polygyny in a human cross-cultural sample, implementing phylogenetic comparative methods in R
with Dr. Barbara Fruth.
Organised six years of unstructured field observations on indicators of health in two communities of wild bonobos; analysed social and ecological correlates of health issues
Awards and achievements
|2015-2017||Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarship, funded by the EU|
|2015||Dean’s List for Academic Excellence, University College London (UCL)|
|2013-2014||Best Academic Performance Per Pathway; years 1 and 2 at UCL|
|2011||CIE Outstanding Learner Award - Top in India, Across 5 AS Levels|
|2011||CIE Outstanding Learner Award - Top in India, Literature in English|
|September-December 2017||Divemaster Trainee, Dive Blue Motion/ Luminocean, Banda Islands, Indonesia.|
Trained as SSI Divemaster; collected data for Luminocean’s marine conservation research projects
|January-March 2016||Field Assistant, Gashaka Primate Project, Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria.|
Conducted focal observations of habituated baboons; collected and analysed data on chimpanzee nest trees to calculate decay and reuse rates of sleeping nests
|September 2013-July 2015||UCL Student Ambassador, University College London, UK.|
Conducted workshops and events to help motivate young people to pursue Higher Education, and improve their reading, writing and presentation skills
|January-August 2015||Personal Tutor, Tavistock Tutors, London, UK.|
Privately tutored A-level and GCSE students in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and English
|Data||R (proficient), ArcGIS, Python (basic)|
|Laboratory||DNA library preparation|
|Minocher, R., Atmaca, S., Bavero, C., McElreath, R., & Beheim, B. A. (2020). Reproducibility of social learning research declines exponentially over 63 years of publication. PsyArXiv. |
DOI BibTeX Endnote
|Minocher, R., Duda, P., & Jaeggi, A. V. (2019). Explaining marriage patterns in a globally representative sample through socio-ecology and population history: A Bayesian phylogenetic analysis using a new supertree. Evolution and Human Behavior,40(2), 176-187. |
DOI BibTeX Endnote
Minocher, R. and Sommer V. (2017). Why do mothers harm their babies? Evolutionary Perspectives. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 41(4), 335-350.
Sommer, V., Minocher, R. and Lowe, A. (2016). Entry Infanticide. In: Hillary Callan (ed), The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (12 vol). NJ: Wiley-Blackwell
|2017||Minocher, Riana, Pavel Duda and Adrian V. Jaeggi. Non-independence in the SCCS: polygyny and the effect of cultural history. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA), Paris, France.|
|2018||Minocher, Riana and Katerina Guschanski. Ecology and sociality shape the wild primate gut microbiome. EVOLUTION 2018, Montpellier, France.|