People

HDR Students

Ben Gleeson

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  • Program: PhD in Environmental Sciences (ANU Fenner School)
  • Topic: Aspects of human ecology and behaviour in rural communities in West Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Supervisors: Geoff Kushnick (Secondary)

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  • Program: PhD in Anthropology
  • Topic: Adam is studying romantic love from an evolutionary and biocultural perspective. He is using methods from human behavioural ecology, biological anthropology, and evolutionary psychology.
  • Supervisors: Geoff Kushnick (Primary), Katharine Balolia (ANU), Phil Kavanaugh (University of Canberra), Simon Greenhill (Max Planck Institute)

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

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  • Thesis: “Investigating the Change of Reproductive Strategies following Subsistence Transition in Hunter-Gatherer Populations of Borneo, Indonesia”
  • Degree: Master of Archaeol and Evol Science
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Kushnick
  • Completion: 2020 S1

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

Ben Gleeson

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  • 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
  • Now a PhD student in the Fenner School at ANU
  • We co-published:
    • Gleeson B, Kushnick G (2018) Female social status and stature sexual dimorphism: Evidence for intersexual selection in human self-domestication. Am J Phys Anthro, 167(3): 458-469.  Link

Honours Students

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  • Topic:  “Parochial Altruism and Environmental Risk in a Cross-Cultural Sample”
  • Degree: BS (Honours) in Biological Anthropology
  • Supervisor: Dr Geoff Kushnick
  • Completion: 2021 S2

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  • Topic:  “More the merrier? Human mate choice and the effects of sociosexual history and hormonal contraceptives”
  • 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

Emily Bender

Emily helped in 2020 S1 as part of her BIAN 3129 Supervised Research to sort DEOSI data from the Solomon Islands and to conduct initial analyses.

Chloe Tan

Chloe helped me in 2019 S2 as part of her BIAN 3129 Supervised Research to develop quantitative predictions and conduct initial analyses of data from the Impal Marriage Project that were collected in 2014 in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Daniel Gautschi

Chloe helped me in 2016 S2 as part of his BIAN 3129 Supervised Research to do some cross-cultural work on male reproductive strategies and the evolution of human social structure.

Tara-Lyn Carter (formerly Camilleri)

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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:
    • Carter TL, Kushnick G (2018) Male aggressiveness as intrasexual contest competition in a cross-cultural sample. Behav Ecol Sociobiol, 72, 83. Link  PDF  Blog

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.