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Past NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow

Matt Zefferman

Matt Zefferman photo. Dates: September 2013 – October 2015
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Project Title: The evolutionary origins of complex institutions

Matt Zefferman (Ph.D. Ecology, Univ. of California, Davis, 2013) uses analytical and computational models to investigate the origins of complex political and economic institutions. Upon completing his fellowship at NIMBioS, Dr. Zefferman accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.

LiveScience Profile Q&A with Dr. Zefferman: Using math to understand the puzzle of humanity

Video icon. NIMBioS Seminar: Cultural evolution of human cooperation and conflict

Video Interview: The origins of political institutions

Publications while at NIMBioS

Zefferman MR. 2017. Cultural multilevel selection suggests neither large or small cooperative agreements are likely to solve climate change without changing the game. Special Feature: Original Article Applying Cultural Evolution to Sustainability Challenges. Sustainability Science. [Online]

Zefferman MR, Mathew S. 2015. A theory of human warfare: group-structured cultural selection. Evolutionary Anthropology, 24(2): 50-56. [Online]

Zefferman M, Mathew S. 2015. An evolutionary theory of large-scale human warfare: Group-structured cultural selection. Anthropology, 24(2): 50-61. [Online]

Zefferman MR. 2014. Direct reciprocity under uncertainty does not explain one-shot cooperation, but demonstrates the benefits of a norm psychology. Evolution and Human Behavior 35(5):358-367. [Online]

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