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Angela Chira

Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

e-mail: angela_chira@eva.mpg.de

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Curriculum Vitae
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About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, where I am part of the wonderful Comparative Oceanic Linguistics (CoOL) team.

I am interested in how cultural diversity accumulates at broad scales. My projects usually investigate the evolution of cultural practices that originated in our prehistory and have spread worldwide to thousands of human cultural groups. As part of the CoOL team, I am looking at the patterns and processes behind language and cultural change among the peoples of Oceania.

I have cultivated my interest in the broad perspective through my training in macro-evolutionary biology. My research there is focused on identifying and understanding episodes of exceptional changes in the pace and/or manner of bird evolution. When I take a break from my computer, I enjoy bird watching, live music and sport events.

Curriculum Vitae

2018 - 2021Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St Louis, USA
2014 - 2018PhD Evolutionary Biology, University of Sheffield, UK. Thesis: Patterns and correlates of ecomorphological diversification in birds.
2010 - 2014MBiolSci Zoology, University of Sheffield, UK. Research project: Personality and reproductive investment in a cooperatively breeding species.

Publications & Presentations

Chira, A.-M., Cooney, C. R., Bright, J. A., Capp, E. J. R., Hughes, E. C., Moody, C. J. A., Nouri, L. O., Varley, Z. K., & Thomas, G. H. (2020). The signature of competition in ecomorphological traits across the avian radiation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287: 20201585.
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Chira, A.-M., Cooney, C. R., Bright, J. A., Capp, E. J. R., Hughes, E. C., Moody, C. J. A., Nouri, L. O., Varley, Z. K., & Thomas, G. H. (2018). Correlates of rate heterogeneity in avian ecomorphological traits. Ecology Letters, 21, 1505-1514.
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Cooney, C. R., Bright, J. A., Capp, E. J. R., Chira, A.-M., Hughes, E. C., Moody, C. J. A., Nouri, L. O., Varley, Z. K., & Thomas, G. H. (2017). Mega-evolutionary dynamics of the adaptive radiation of birds. Nature, 542, 344-347.
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Chira, A.-M., & Thomas, G. H. (2016). The impact of rate heterogeneity on inference of phylogenetic models of trait evolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29, 2502-2518.
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2020

Chira, A.-M., Cooney, C. R., Bright, J. A., Capp, E. J. R., Hughes, E. C., Moody, C. J. A., Nouri, L. O., Varley, Z. K., & Thomas, G. H. (2020). The signature of competition in ecomorphological traits across the avian radiation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287: 20201585.
Open Access    DOI    BibTeX   Endnote   

2018

Chira, A.-M., Cooney, C. R., Bright, J. A., Capp, E. J. R., Hughes, E. C., Moody, C. J. A., Nouri, L. O., Varley, Z. K., & Thomas, G. H. (2018). Correlates of rate heterogeneity in avian ecomorphological traits. Ecology Letters, 21, 1505-1514.
Open Access    DOI    BibTeX   Endnote   

Chira, A.-M. (2018). Patterns and correlates of ecomorphological diversification in birds. PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield.
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2017

Cooney, C. R., Bright, J. A., Capp, E. J. R., Chira, A.-M., Hughes, E. C., Moody, C. J. A., Nouri, L. O., Varley, Z. K., & Thomas, G. H. (2017). Mega-evolutionary dynamics of the adaptive radiation of birds. Nature, 542, 344-347.
DOI    BibTeX   Endnote   

2016

Chira, A.-M., & Thomas, G. H. (2016). The impact of rate heterogeneity on inference of phylogenetic models of trait evolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29, 2502-2518.
Open Access    DOI    BibTeX   Endnote   

2014

Chira, A.-M. (2014). How does parental personality influence offspring quality in animals? Annals of Forest Research, 57(2), 347-362.
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2020

Quantitative approaches to understanding cultural diversity. Living Earth Collaborative online seminar series.
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2019

The signature of competition for shared resources across the avian radiation. Biology Dept, Washington University in St. Louis.

2018

Competition and the ecomorphological diversification of birds. Biology Dept, Durham University. 

Evidence of competition in avian granivorous assemblages across the globe. Second Joint conference on Evolutionary Biology 2018.

2017

Can we predict rates of avian bill evolution? European Society of Evolutionary Biology.

What predicts rates of avian bill evolution? British Ecological Society Macroecology Meeting.

2016

Spurious inferences from standard trait evolutionary models. British Ecological Society Macroecology Meeting.

2015

Modelling heterogeneous trait evolutionary rates. European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology.