Stuart Semple (Director)
Primate behaviour, welfare, and conservation. Combining approaches from biological anthropology with those from psychology, social anthropology and quantitative linguistics to explore primate communication
HIV/AIDS; antiretroviral treatment; sexuality; reproduction. The intersections of sexuality, illness and wellbeing, biomedicine and alternative forms of addressing illness and reproductive health, biopolitics, health activism and the anthropology of health interventions.
Hunter-gatherer diets and evolution of the hominin diet. Ecology and behaviour of contemporary hunter-gatherers. Archaeological visibility of behaviour.
Psychiatric anthropology, psychological anthropology, psychoanalysis and the anthropology of pharmaceuticals. Exploring the interface between culture, society and the mental lives of groups and individuals.
Evolution of mammalian sociality; inter- and intra-species social relationships; primate social complexity/dynamics; the social brain; effects of social network position on behaviour, health, reproduction and survival.
Behavioural endocrinology, including stress and reproductive hormones, and various other aspects of palaeoanthropology and mammalian biology including the evolution of human speech and breathing, the primate brain and spinal cord and mammalian reproductive life histories.
Human/animal relationships including, but not limited to bullfighting, cockfighting, and zoos.
Animism; astrobiology . Anthropological perspectives on the question of life; the interface between the animate and the artificial, between what is alive and what is dead.
Todd C. Rae
Craniofacial pneumatization in mammals, particularly primates; Primate evolution and palaeontology; theory and method of phylogenetic analysis and hominin craniofacial adaptation.
Primate socioecology and human-wildlife conflict with particular interest in the evolution of reproduction and life history strategies in primates.
Tourism; heritage; social dance; ageing; arts health. Interviewing skills and qualitative research methods. Fieldwork in the Eastern Caribbean on the island of Montserrat (tourism and trauma, colonial relations and disaster recovery) and in the US/UK (social dancing, arts health, contested heritage)