Marcus Hamilton

Postdoc, University of Missouri

My background is a combination of evolutionary anthropology, anthropological archaeology, and theoretical ecology. My research addresses the general principles that underlie the evolution of human ecology in the past, present, and future, from hunter-gatherer societies to contemporary industrialized nation-states. I am particularly interested in human universals and the predictability of human uniqueness, despite its novelty in the evolution of life. I work at multiple scales, from life history theory and behavioral ecology to population dynamics and biogeography. I am interested in how processes operating simultaneously at multiple spatial, temporal and organizational scales integrate to form the complexity of human systems we see around us, and how this complexity evolved. My research emphasizes theory building and data analysis in equal parts and combines aspects of the physical, life, and social sciences. I am interested both in the theoretical understanding of complex human systems, but also in the applied role anthropological science can play in understanding the potential evolutionary trajectories of human systems into the future, including the conservation and preservation of indigenous societies.I am a joint a postdoc in the Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri  For more information and publications please go to