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Dr Jason Hodgson

Dr Jason Hodgson

Temporary Lecturer in Biological Anthropology

Biological anthropology of the people of Madagascar, Africa, and the Middle East, recent adaptive evolution in humans, the roles of mate choice and culture in human evolution, and non-human primate behaviour and ecology.

I am presently involved in the following research projects in anthropological genetics:

01-2012 – present: The roles of population history, local adaptation, and culture in the evolution of the people of Madagascar

01-2016 – present: The role of deforestation on orangutan and macaque distribution and feeding ecology

01-2016 – present: The evolution of non-reproductive sexual behaviour including homosexuality in rhesus macaques

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Biography:

I conduct research on human and nonhuman primate evolution. This research has used anthropological genetics and bioinformatics to, understand population history, phylogenetic history, and adaptive evolution in these taxa. I am currently engaged in field projects focussing on the people of Madagascar, Bornean primates including orangutans, and sexual behaviour in rhesus macaques. 

Research Interests

Biological anthropology of the people of Madagascar, Africa, and the Middle East, recent adaptive evolution in humans, the roles of mate choice and culture in human evolution, and non-human primate behaviour and ecology.

Research Supervision

I am interested in supervising students who wish to study for an MPhil in the following topics:

- Anthropological genetics

- Human and non-human primate mate choice

- Primate evolution

Teaching

I am involved in the teaching of B4 Human Comparative Biology.

Keywords

  • Evolution
  • Human behavioural ecology
  • Human population genetics
  • Africa
  • Human population biology and health
  • evolutionary ecology

Topics

  • Primate evolution
  • Anthropological genetics
  • Human and non-human primate mate choice