University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM Ph.D. Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, 2015
University of New Mexico, M.Sc. Human Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Anthropology
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO B.A. Department of Anthropology
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.
June 1, 2018-present Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge
October 1, 2018-present Founder and CEO, One Pencil Project 501(c)(3), University of Utah and Harvard University, USA
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
Davis, H. & Cashdan, C. Spatial cognition ability and mobility among children in a forager -horticulturalist population, the Tsimane of Bolivia (forthcoming).
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. (under review).
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 (submitted).
Schacht, R., Davis, H., Kramer, K. Patterning of paternal investment in response to socioecological change. (2018) Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution. 6: 142.
Davis, H. & Cashdan, C. Spatial cognition and mobility among children in two traditional and transitioning populations, the Tsimane of Bolivia and the Twe of Namibia (2018) Cognitive Processing. 19, S9-S9
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.
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.
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 New Investigator Award, Evolutionary Anthropology Society (EAS) at the American Anthropology Association, San Jose, CA, USA.
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
2019 Mind, Brain, Behavior ($50,000 USD)
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)
2019 Spencer Foundation Small Research Grant ($50,000 USD)
RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2018 American Anthropology Association, San Jose, USA.
Talk: “Spatial Cognitive Ability, exploration, and formal education in traditional and transitioning populations.”
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)