Human Behaviour and Cultural Evolution Group

Researchers in the Human Behaviour and Cultural Evolution Group (HuBCEG) investigate human behaviour, life-history and cultural diversity from the perspective of modern evolutionary theory, as well as the evolution of cognition, social information use and the cultural transmission of information in non-human animals. Our group uses a range of approaches to tackle these issues, including field studies, laboratory experiments, phylogenetic comparative analyses, mathematical models, computer simulations, and other quantitative techniques.

We are based at the University’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall, and work at field sites in the UK and worldwide, including India, Uganda, South Africa, Australia, Spain and northwestern USA.

Please visit our dedicated HuBCEG website for more details of people, research and events, or follow us on twitter @HuBCEG.

Human Biological and Cultural Evolution Group


New publication

Alex Thornton publishes a new paper on cultural conformity in wild populations of Great Tits in Nature

Aplin, L.M., Farine, D.R., Morand-Ferron, J., Cockburn, A., Thornton, A. & Sheldon, B.C. (2014) Experimentally induced innovations lead to persistent culture via conformity in wild birds. Nature.


There are often PhD studentships with members of our group. See our studentships page for details of individual projects. Please email individual researchers with enquiries about these or other potential opportunities