CURRICULUM VITAE


EDUCATION

 

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM Ph.D. Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, 2015 M.Sc. Human Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Anthropology, 2009

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO B.A. Department of Anthropology, 2003

 


CURRENT PROJECTS

Project 1: Investigating the causal effects of education on cognition and culture in transitioning populations.

Project 2: Range and spatial abilities during adolescence: ecological variation, sex-specific task delegation, and mate seeking strategies may influence emerging gaps between the sexes.                  

Project 3: Cognitive performance, aging, and senescence among Bolivian forager-farmers with limited schooling.

Project 4: Learning to learn: teaching and learning between peers and siblings in forager populations.

 


POSITIONS HELD

June 1, 2018-present Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge

January 15, 2016-May 31, 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow. Project for Spatial Cognition and Navigation (SCAN) & The Maya Project. University of Utah, Salt Lake City

July 1, 2007- December 31, 2013 Graduate Assistant and Researcher. Tsimané Health and Life History Project. University of New Mexico & University of California-Santa Barbara

2009 & 2011 Graduate Assistant and Program Development Researcher. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque


PUBLICATIONS

Schacht, R., Davis, H., Kramer, K. Patterning of paternal investment in response to socioecological change. (in press) Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution.

Davis, H. & Cashdan, C. Spatial cognition ability and mobility among children in a forager -horticulturalist population, the Tsimane of Bolivia (under review).

Gurven, M., Stieglitz, J., Trumble, B., Blackwell, A., Beheim, B., Hooper, P., Davis, H., Kaplan, H. (2017) The Tsimané Health and Life History Project: Integrating anthropology and biomedicine Evolutionary Anthropology. 26:54.

Gurven, M., Stieglitz, J., Trumble, B., Davis, H., Kaplan, H. (2017) Cognitive performance across the life course of Bolivian forager-farmers with limited schooling. Developmental
Psychology
. 53(1): 160-176.

Cashdan, E., Kramer, K., Davis, H., Padilla, L., Greaves, R. (2016) Mobility and navigation
among the Yucatec Maya: Sex differences reflect parental investment, not mating
competition. Human Nature 27(1): 35-50.

Davis, H., Stieglitz, J., Kaplan, H, and Gurven, M. Predictors of children’s cognitive performance: a longitudinal study of forager-horticulturalists with variable access to schooling.

Davis, H. & Cashdan, C. Do parental strategies and a free-range childhood improve spatial cognitive abilities? Evidence from children in a forager-horticulturalist population, the Tsimane of Bolivia (invited book chapter) Parenting and Child Development. Eds. Ashdown, B. and Faherty, A.

Moya, C., Fessler, D., Henrich, J., Zhao, W., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Davis, H., Gurven, M., Kanovsky, M., Kushnick, G., Pisor, A., Scelza, B., von Rueden, C., Laurence, S. (under review) Norm enforcement in small-scale societies depends on coordinated third party responses and pre-existing relationships.

WORKING PUBLICATIONS

Davis, H. & Cashdan, C. (in prep). Mobility and spatial cognition among the Tsimané of Central Bolivia.

Kramer, K., Schacht, R., Davis, H. (in prep) Evidence of diverging strategies within transitioning populations: Education, wealth, and fertility differentials.

Broesch, T., Barrett, H.C., Gergely, G., Henrich, J., Broesch, J., Davis, H., Gurven, M., Kanovsky, M., McElreath, R., Olah, K., Schug, M., von Rueden, C., and Laurence, S. Pedagogy as a human universal.

 



INVITED LECTURES & PANELS

2018 Distinguished Leigh Lecture. University of Utah-College of Arts and Sciences Talk: Variation in childhood mobility, ecologies, and formal education challenge sex differences in spatial abilities as a human universal.

2017 Association of Psychological Science Panel: Education and Intelligence: Understanding their Reciprocal Relationship Talk: The effect of formal schooling on cognitive performance in a traditional and transitioning population, the Tsimané of Bolivia

2016 Specialist Meeting—Universals and Variation in Spatial Referencing Talk: Adaptive Flexibility in Spatial Referencing

2015 University College London –Department of Anthropology Talk: Diverging strategies within the Yucatec Maya: education, wealth, and variation in fertility decisions

2014 University of Missouri-Department of Anthropology Talk: Social learning, formal schooling, and cognitive task performance among a forager- farming population

 


FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

2018 Best Paper, International Society for Intelligence Research, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

2011 Research Assistantship, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, UNM.

2008 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Interfaces Scholar in the Program of Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Sciences (PIBBS), UNM.

2007 Research Assistantship, Tsimané Health and Life History Project, UNM.

 


GRANTS & FUNDING

2017 Postdoc fellowship is funded on: PQ21 (NSF-1628583, Dr. Elizabeth Cashdan PI)

2015 Latin American and Iberian Institute Field Research Grant (8,800 USD)

2013 Student Research and Allocations Committee Grants (2,500 USD) 2010 Program for Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Science (23,000 USD)

Grants submitted

2017 Variation in childhood mobility, ecologies, and formal education challenge sex differences in spatial abilities as a human universal. (Amount requested $18,538)


RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 2018    International Society for Intelligence Research, Edinburgh, Scotland

Talk: “A Flynn Effect among forager-horticulturalists with variable access to schooling” (Co-authors: Stuart Ritchie & Michael Gurven)

  2018    Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Talk: “Do sex differences in spatial ability, mobility, and harm avoidance persist outside the West?” (Co-authors: Elizabeth Cashdan)

2016    International Society for Intelligence Research, St Petersburg, Russia

Talk: “Cognitive task performance and spatial abilities among children in a traditional and transitioning.” (Co-authors: Elizabeth Cashdan)

2016    Spatial Cognition X, Philadelphia, PA

Talk: Spatial Cognition and learning among children and adults in a traditional and transitioning population. (Co-Authors: Michael Gurven & Elizabeth Cashdan)

2015    American Anthropological Association, Austin, TX

Talk: Evidence of Diverging Strategies within Transitioning Populations: Education, Wealth, and Fertility Differentials. (Co-authors: Karen Kramer)

2015    International Society for Intelligence Research, Albuquerque, NM

Talk: Cognition and learning among children and adults in two traditional and transitioning populations. (Co-authors: Elizabeth Cashdan & Karen Kramer)

2015    Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Columbia, MO

Talk: Education and Fertility Decisions within the Tsimané of Bolivia and the Yucatec Maya. (Co-authors: Karen Kramer & Michael Gurven)

2014    International Society for Intelligence Research, Graz, Austria

Talk: Raven’s Colored Progressive Matrices (RCPM) at the lower end of the educational continuum: assessing variation among the Tsimané, a traditional and transitioning population. (Co-authors: Jonathan Stieglitz, Hillard Kaplan & Michael Gurven)