Willingness to take PhD students
Claudio Tennie's research focuses on the processes and preconditions of cumulative culture. In addition, he studies the underlying reasons as for why chimpanzees hunt in groups as well as reputation-based cooperation. His work uses a variety of developmental, comparative and computer modelling methods, often involving testing great apes.
Through broadening the scope of species examined, extending his findings into our evolutionary past and by developing research paradigms that can be applied non-linguistically, Dr Tennie aims to probe the origins of cumulative culture.
Other topics of interest include potential physiological reasons for chimpanzee hunting behaviour and the evolution of human cooperation (especially of reputation-based cooperation). Doctoral researchers interested in working with Dr Tennie should email him in the first instance.