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Michael Alvard

Michael Alvard
Cultural Anthropology Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
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  • Anthropology 235B
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PhD, University of New Mexico, 1993
Cultural Anthropology


Culture and biology, cooperation, human evolutionary ecology, horticulturalists; hunters and gatherers, local people and environmental issues, adaptation to the tropics

Courses Taught:

ANTH 205 – Peoples and Cultures of the World
ANTH 201 – Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 360 – Human Evolutionary Ecology
ANTH  424 – Introduction to Human Evolutionary Anthropology

Selected and Recent Publications:

2015          Alvard M, Carlson D, McGaffey E (2015) Using a Partial Sum Method and GPS Tracking Data to Identify Area Restricted Search by Artisanal Fishers at Moored Fish Aggregating Devices in the Commonwealth of Dominica. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0115552. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115552

2014          Alvard, M., E. McGaffey, and D. Carlson. (2014) A Method for Measuring Fishing Effort by Small-scale Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) Fishers from the Commonwealth of Dominica. Field Methods 27 issue: 3, page(s): 300-315. 1525822X14552221

2012          Henrich J, Boyd R, McElreath R, Gurven M, Richerson PJ, Ensminger J, Alvard M, Barr A, Barrett C, Bolyanatz A et al. 2012. Culture does account for variation in game behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109(2):E32-E33

2011          Alvard, M. Genetic and Cultural Kinship among the Lamaleran Whale Hunters. Human Nature 22(1):89-107

2009         Alvard, M. Kinship and Cooperation – The Axe Fight Revisited. Human Nature, 20:1-23