What I Do
I am a PhD candidate in Professor Laurent Lehmann's group, at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. My research aims to understand the ultimate and proximate mechanisms which underly the evolution of complex societies and cooperation on large scales. I use mathematical models and computer simulations to explore and investigate the role of institutions and policing in the transition of human societies from the Neolithic revolution to modern day.
Standing on the shoulders of giants
I hope to contribute to the astonishing advances in this enormous endeavour that is the unravelling of nature's secrets. From the mysteries of the ocean, to the mathematics governing biology, to the intricacy of insect eusociality, I have flirted with various aspects of the understanding of biological diversity. I have developed a particular fascination for the evolution of human complex societies, the topic of my doctoral studies.
Alongside my research, I am a fervent advocate of education, outreach and open-science as means of promoting scientific progress.
From Chiefdoms to States
My main current project explores the mechanisms of early state formation. I am building an individual-based model to determine the causes of chiefdoms' expansion and decay, and the role of institutions in the emergence and maintenance of social stratification leading to the evolution of states.
I have recently begun to develop a mathematical model to understand the co-evolution of punishment and cooperation in large social groups.
The Evolution of Religious Beliefs
I have a growing interest in the causes behind the evolution of costly religious behaviours, ubiquitous to every ethnicity in the world. I intend to develop a model linking the evolution of religion to the complexification and stratification of societies.
Personal Stepping Stones in Education and Research
Throughout my education, I’ve worked on different research projects touching various fields of biology and evolution. Check out the summarized resume below, and contact me with your questions or if you’d like more detailed information.
I am currently carrying out a PhD under Laurent Lehmann's supervision at the University of Lausanne.
December 2017 - 2022
Master of Science
Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme in Evolutionary Biology, hosted by four joint universities.
August 2015 - August 2017
Bachelor of Science
September 2012 - July 2015
Double major in Biology and Mathematics conducted at the Roscoff research centre, in partnership with the University of Pierre and Marie Curie. Included one-year exchange programme at the National University of Singapore.
Get in Touch
Department of Ecology and Evolution - Biophore - University of Lausanne - Switzerland
+4121 692 4267