Advisor: Dr. Lee Cronk
My research interests are centered on the evolution of human behavior and social organization, primarily prosocial behaviors (i.e. generosity, cooperation, risk-pooling). I combine traditional qualitative ethnography with quantitative human behavioral ecology methods to understand the dynamics of human-environment interactions.
My current research centers on the evolution of cooperation and the effects of climatic variability on labor sharing among nomadic pastoralists in the Darhad Depression, Mongolia. Namely, I am utilizing social network analysis and economic games to investigate how climatic variability (notably, severe winter storms) may affect pastoralists' ability and willingness to engage in labor sharing.
Conte, T.J., Tilt, B. (2014). "The Effects of China's Grassland Contract Policy on Pastoralists' Attitudes towards cooperation in an Inner Mongolian Banner" Human Ecology.