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Conference Presentations

August 2016

Hunter-gatherer social networks are optimized for cultural exchange

International Society for Behavioural Ecology, Exeter, UK                                            

June 2016

How do hunter-gatherer children acquire survival skills?

Workshop: Children Seen and Heard Across the Globe, Leiden, Netherlands                 

 

April 2016

Knowledge sharing networks in Congo Basin hunter-gatherers and the evolution of cumulative culture

European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference, London, UK        

 

September 2015

Plant knowledge and use in Mbendjele hunter-gatherers of Congo   

Eleventh Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies, Vienna, Austria          

 

August 2015

Sharing of adaptive plant knowledge and its implications on resilience in Mbendjele BaYaka hunter-gatherers of the Congo Basin

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, Ankara, Turkey                                   

 

July 2015                                                                                    Sharing of adaptive plant knowledge and its implications on resilience in Mbendjele BaYaka hunter-gatherers of the Congo Basin

Evolutionary Medicine Conference, Zurich, Switzerland                                                    

 

February 2015

Plant knowledge and use in Mbendjele hunter-gatherers of Congo                           

Young natural history scientists’ meeting, Natural History Museum, Paris, France   

 

November 2014

Future discounting in hunter-gatherers declines with transition towards a non-egalitarian social structure

London Evolutionary Research Network Conference, London, UK                        

 

July 2010

Does the winner always take all? Social context can change existing dominance hierarchies in shore crabs.

V European Conference on Behavioral Biology, Ferrara, Italy                                          

Awards & Scholarships
 

2017

BBC World Service Future Voices Scheme

(Stipend to participate in a 6-week journalism training at the BBC)

2015-2016

Foundation Main Grant, Funds for Women Graduates                       

(Stipend to cover the final year of PhD, £6000)

 

February 2015

Best presentation award                                                                                    Young natural history scientists’ meeting, Natural History Museum, Paris, France

 

2014

UCL Grand Challenges Student Project Fund                                             (Grant for a documentary film project entitled “Pygmies on the road”, £750)

 

2013-2016

The Leverhulme Trust PhD Studentship                                    

(Full tuition, stipend, and contribution to research expenses as part of Hunter-Gatherer Resilience project led by Dr. Andrea Migliano, £70000)

 

2012

NIMBioS- NESCent travel grant                                                                         (For participation in the NIMBioS workshop on Modeling Social Complexity, Knoxville, USA)

 

2010-2012

Erasmus Mundus Master’s Scholarship, European Union                 (Full tuition, stipend, and travel and installation expenses, €48000)

 

2009

Undergraduate Research Experience & Knowledge Award (UREKA)            

Science Foundation Ireland                        

(Award for participation in a ten-week research program: “Integrating Ecology and Evolution in a Changing World”, The School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, €2800)    

 

Education
 

2013-2017

Ph.D., University College London, UK      

Biological Anthropology

2010-2012

M.Sc., Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Evolutionary Biology (Joint master programme)

University of Groningen, Netherlands         2010-2011                 University of Montpellier II, France             2010-2011                    University of British Columbia,  Canada     2011-2012 

 

2006-2010

B.Sc., Istanbul Technical University, Turkey  

Molecular Biology and Genetics                                                      

Teaching & Supervision

2013-2017

Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, UCL

Led tutorials and lab sessions in Human Behavioural Ecology, Biological Anthropology and Statistics 

2015-2016

Supervision of Master's Project in Evolution and Human Behaviour, UCL - Food taboos in Mbendjele Pygmy hunter-gatherers

                                                    

Reviewer

Evolution and Human Behavior

Infancy

South African Journal of Botany

                                                

Languages

Turkish (Native)

English (Fluent, TOEFL: 213/220)

French (Intermediate, B1)