People

PhD/MPhil (HDR) Students

Ben Gleeson

Current PhD student in ANU’s Fenner School. Secondary supervisor.

Adam Bode

Current MPhil student in Anthropology. Primary supervisor.

Megan O’Donnell

Former PhD student in Biological Anthropology. Completed dissertation research on reproduction and birth outcomes during natural disasters in Australia. Supervised by Alison Behie; advised by Dr Geoff Kushnick, Dr Robert Attenborough, Dr Christine Phillips, and Dr Pauline Ding.


Masters Students

Isabella Apriyana

  • Topic: Fertility and Subsistence in Punan Communities, Kalimantan
  • Degree: Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Kushnick
  • Completion: 2020 S1

Stephen Orchard

  • Thesis: “Sociosexual Norms, the Behavioural Immune System Hypothesis, and the Red Queen”
  • Degree: Master of Biological Anthropology
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Kushnick
  • Completion: 2019 S2

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Ben Gleeson

  • Thesis: “Human Self-Domestication by Intersexual Selection: Female Social Status and Stature Sexual Dimorphism”
  • Degree: Master of Biological Anthropology
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Kushnick
  • Completion: 2016 S2
  • Judge’s Commendation, 2016 ANU Student Research Conference
  • We co-published in American Journal of Physical Anthropology
  • Now a PhD student in the Fenner School at ANU

Honours Students

Jennifer Geyer

  • Topic: Contraception and Life History Factors in Mate Choice
  • Degree: BA (Honours) in Biological Anthropology
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Kushnick
  • Completion: 2020 S2

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Sumaiyah Qureshi

  • Thesis: “Understanding Agta Fertility: Subsistence-Related Factors Associated with Reproductive Rates in a Foraging Population in Transition”
  • Degree: BS (Honours) in Biological Anthropology
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Kushnick
  • Completion: 2019 S2

Madelaine Laura Winkler

  • Thesis: “Pathogen Pressure and Consanguineous Marriage: The Case of Impal Marriage among the Karo Batak from North Sumatra”
  • Degree: BA (Honours) in Biological Anthropology
  • Co-Supervisors: Dr Geoff Kushnick & Dr Alison Behie
  • Completion: 2015 S2

Kerrisssa Bohn

  • Thesis: “Experimental Test of the Influence of Multiple Male Characteristics on Female Long- and Short-Term Mate Preference”
  • Degree: BA with Honors in Biocultural Anthropology
  • University: University of Washington, Seattle
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Kushnick
  • Completion: Winter 2014

Laura Thornquist

  • Thesis: “Conditional Mating Strategies: Male Physical Attractiveness and Effort in Online Dating”
  • Degree: BA with Honors in Biocultural Anthropology
  • University: University of Washington, Seattle
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Kushnick
  • Completion: Spring 2013

Other Supervised Research

tara-lyn camilleriTara-Lyn Carter (formerly Camilleri)

Tara has taken a number of my classes, and worked on a guided research project with me in 2015 S2. She is now a PhD student in Evolutionary Biology at Monash University.

  • First Prize Postgrad, 2016 ANU Research Conference
  • We co-published a paper on our collaborative research in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

Nyomi Bourbous

Former ANU undergraduate with BSci in Psychology and Biological Anthropology. We are collaborating on a project to look at biocultural influences on female mating preferences.

Impal Marriage Study Volunteers

I supervised 25 student assistants from UCLA, UW, ANU, and UNPAD on this massive project between 2010 and 2015.