Collaboro Project starts in Deceber 2022
Prof. Andrea Migliano (Department of Anthropology, University of Zurich) has been awarded an ERC consolidator grant called COLLABORO: Adaptive history of human socio-cognitive development. This project will add to other successful past and current research projects carried out the Human Evolutionary Ecology Group (HEE) at UZH.
We are very thankfull tp SERI (State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation) in Switzerland for supporting the projects approved by ERC.
During December 2022, a great number of applicants for the five PhD positions have been interviewed and soon HEE will have new research members.
We are also working to start new field sites in other countries!
Welcome Dr. Robin Morrison
The HEE group welcomes Dr. Morrison who has been awarded a prestigious AMBIZIONE fellowship to join our group together with a PhD student - You can apply for the PhD position.
Dr. Morrison works in collaboration with @SavingGorillas, using mountain gorillas as a study system to examine the evolution of flexible dispersal patterns.
Mamiraua Reserve Communities Cooperation
Our research project in partnership with Mamiraua Institute (Tefe, Brazil) already finished the data collection phase. During six months Phietica Rodrigues (PhD student) worked collecting data on cooperation in different communities inside the Sustainable Development Reserve of Mamiraua. Currently she is analysing the social factors leading to the success of cooperatives inside that Reserve.
FIeldwork in Surkhet
In September 2022, Gina Menn and Inez Eliza were in Nepal working with the RAUTE people. They faced a great cultural transition in that community. In December, Inez Eliza returned to the same field site to collect more data for her PhD.
More great news... After six months of hard work, some members of our local team were invited to join the first committee to represent the Raute people in Surket. This committee is responsible for defining policies and to facilitate the implementation of projects related to the Raute from now on.
FIeldwork in Diago
In November 2022, Meike Gunter and Gina Menn went to the Philippines for Data Collection. During 40 days, they worked together with our local team in the AGTA communities of Diago and Dipagden.
Research Centre Facility in Palanan
Following the aims of the signed MOU with our local partners (Isabela State University and Lyceum of the Philippines University), we finished the refurbishment of the building located at the Isabela State University, Campus Palanan. This building will be used as a Research Facility Centre, which can accommodate six researchers and storage all equipment for our future field work expeditions in that region.
Nomads Forest Survival Course
In September 2022, the HEE group offered a Forest Survival Course for its team and other members of the Department of Anthropology, to prepare students for fieldtrips.
The course was designed by NOMAD and tailor-made for our field sites, focusing on Risk Assessment, Medical Emergencies, Infection Control, Remote Areas Communications and tracking, Emergency Evacuation, Camping Equipment among other topics. NOMAD also provided professional medical kits for emergencies in remote areas.
For this training, NOMAD provided two HCPC registered paramedic instructors, both with military backgrounds and extensive expedition experience.
Since the HEE group is increasing, we are planning to offer another Forest Survival Course in 2023.
The Agta Book is in its final editorial phase. This book project illustrates the Agta lifestyle with photos, presents texts of scientists and professionals working with the Agta, and also immortalises the Agta traditional stories. The book illustrations are made by Paulo Sayeg and its contents will be written in four Languages (Agta, Tagalog, English and German).