Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. Anthropology
Temple University: PhD Anthropology, 2019
Dissertation title: Quantification and phylogenetic comparative analysis of pelage sexual dichromatism in primates
Dr. Andrew Van Horn is a biological anthropologist interested in perception, primate evolution, information theory and cooperation.
As a graduate student, Dr. Van Horn studied the evolution of sexual dichromatism in coat color across the order Primates. He identified several species previously considered monochromatic as dichromatic and used phylogenetic comparative analyses to look for evidence of sexual selection on male coat color. This work was done in collaboration with the lab of Dr. Brenda Bradley at The George Washington University. As a postdoc at the University of Houston, he studied the evolution of information content in indigenous artworks.
Currently Dr. Van Horn is a postdoctoral researcher working with the Human Generosity Project in Dr. Lee Cronk's laboratory. His research there focuses on mutual aid as a strategy for managing unpredictable resource availability and health-related adversity in contemporary US communities.