© 2017 by Gul Deniz Salali

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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 my previous work, I conducted research with children in Western populations, and developed computer models to tackle evolution of social complexity.


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.

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