Dr Claire el Mouden

Research Interests

I am an evolutionary biologist who works alongside economists and social scientists that study human decision-making, social preferences, collective action and cultural evolution. I want to understand why natural selection favours behaviours that are altruistic, spiteful, selfish or mutually beneficial. I develop both general theoretical models and more specific models that may be tested empirically and I’m increasingly doing empirical work myself.

My main focus is human sociality, however, my theoretical work relates to a wide variety of biological systems including viruses, bacteria, fungi, insects, birds and mammals.

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