I am a British Academy Research Fellow and Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology/Medicine at the Department of Anthropology, University College London. In my work, I use an evolutionary biology framework to answer questions on human behaviour, health and culture. My current research is on diet, use of wild plants, child-rearing practices, social learning and health in small-scale societies. For this, I do fieldwork in Congo-Brazzaville living with the Mbendjele BaYaka Pygmy hunter-gatherers.
In addition to my academic work, I am passionate about telling stories of human interest. I make short video documentaries and maintain a blog (English and Turkish) where I share stories from field and research news.