Dr Quentin Atkinson
After three years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, Quentin is now an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Auckland, where he teaches courses on Evolutionary Psychology and Psychology and Sustainability. Quentin is Associate Editor for Evolution and Human Behavior and on the editorial board of Diachronica. In 2012 he was awarded a 5-year, Royal Society of New Zealand, Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. Quentin’s research draws on lab and field experiments, computer modelling and evolutionary theory to shed light on how and why various aspects of human culture evolved. His work on the evolution of language, religion, prosociality and the human expansion from Africa has been published in Nature and Science and regularly features in international media outlets including the BBC, New Scientist, the NY Times, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal. Quentin is also a keen environmentalist and in 2007 published an edited volume with Dr Niki Harré on how New Zealanders can tackle climate change.