The anthropology of facial hair

In our first year Key Skills in Anthropology module, students are introduced to the fundamental academic skills necessary to succeed in university and post-university employment. As part of the course, students are asked to write an essay on the topic of hair from a social and biological anthropological perspective. This week we are featuring a Read More…

Being Human: The anthropology of menstruation

As part of our first year Being Human module, students write an essay where they consider social and biological anthropological perspectives on a key topic in anthropology.  This week, our featured essay is by Vlada Sosis. Vlada’s bio: I am a first year anthropology student, originally from Ukraine. After I finished a Fine Arts degree Read More…

Primate Behaviour and Cognition: Lockdown isolation making you feel more stressed? Listen to a chimpanzee’s advice

In third year module Primate Behaviour & Cognition, students study primate behaviour as a window into the function of behaviour and our own evolutionary history. This week we are featuring a blog post by Niamh McIntosh. Niamh’s bio: I am a third-year student from Kent. I have very much enjoyed studying anthropology at Roehampton University Read More…

Spotlight on… Todd C. Rae

Position: Reader in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Born in California, Todd completed his PhD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University) in 1993.  Following his PhD, he held a position as a Kalbfleish Research Fellow in Mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History Read More…

Spotlight on… Lia Betti

Position: Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Born in Italy, Lia completed her undergraduate degree and MSc at the University of Milan. She moved to the UK in 2006 to complete a Master of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She completed her PhD at the University of Kent in Read More…

Spotlight on… Julia Lehmann

Position: Reader in Evolutionary Anthropology Bio: Born in Germany, Julia completed her PhD in natural sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1999 with a dissertation on neuropharmacology in rats. A glutton for punishment, she also completed a postgraduate degree in statistics at the same time. From there, she held a Read More…

CRESIDA webinar by Professor Stuart Semple on the biological principles underpinning biological information systems

On 4 November 2020, CRESIDA’s Professor Stuart Semple presented a webinar in our CRESIDA seminar series titled ‘Geladas, genes and the clouds of Venus – compression as a fundamental principle of biological information systems’. Abstract A fundamental goal of the life sciences is to identify universal biological principles – the basic rules of organisation that Read More…

Spotlight on… Stuart Semple

Position: Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Stuart completed his PhD in 1998 at the University of Sussex with a dissertation on the topic of female copulation calls in barbary macaques. After completing his doctorate, he held a research fellowship at the Institute of Zoology, London before joining Roehampton in 2002. Read More…

Spotlight on… Colette Berbesque

Position: Reader in Human Ecology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Born in the state of Indiana in the USA, Colette completed her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University in 2010 with a dissertation on sex differences in food preferences, eating frequency and dental attrition amongst the Hadza of Tanzania, one Read More…

Relational complexity in sooty mangabeys and Western chimpanzees

This week in the CRESIDA seminar series, the speaker is Alex Mielke (University of Portsmouth), who is sharing his research on relational complexity in sooty mangabeys and western chimpanzees. Come and join us on Thursday, October 17th at 4.15pm in Room G070 at Parkstead House to learn more. Abstract The concept of social complexity is fundamental in understanding Read More…