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Archaeological Cladistics Department of Anthropology University of Missouri Michael J. O'Brien
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Invited Presentations/Workshops

2012

  • Applying cladistics to cultural traits: some basic issues. Bristol University, Bristol, U.K., March.
  • Cultural exaptations: what are they, and how can we recognize them? Durham University, Durham, U.K., March.
  • From Chaco to Paquimé: the bow, arrow, and political complexity (with T. L. VanPool). Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Memphis, Tenn., April.
  • Cultural transmission among eastern fluted-point cultures (with M. Boulanger). Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Memphis, Tenn., April.
  • Niche construction theory: a key concept in evolutionary studies. Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Memphis, Tenn., April.

2011

  • Altenberg Workshop in Theoretical Biology on Cultural Niche Construction (organizer with K. N. Laland). Konrad Lorenz Institute, Altenberg, Austria, September.
  • Human niche construction: a powerful tool for understanding cultural dynamics. Evolutionary Biology Meeting–Marseilles, Marseilles, France, September.
  • Cultural phylogenetics: a new way of looking at the anthropological record. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., April.
  • Variation and innovation in the American Paleolithic: morphometric analysis of eastern Paleoindian projectile points. Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Sacramento, Calif., March/April.

2010

  • Conference on Cultural Cascades (discussant). Durham University, Durham, U.K., September.
  • Cultural Sciences Conference (discussant). Durham University, Durham, U.K., September.
  • Mike Schiffer and the evolution of technology: stimulated variation, the cascade effect, and cultural transmission. Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, St. Louis, April.
  • Mapping cultural trends. Royal Society for the Arts, London, March. www.researchtalk.co.uk/rt/2010/09/27/how-stuff-spreads
  • What marketing research can learn from evolution (with Mark Earls and Alex Bentley). Research 2010 annual conference, London, March.

2009

  • Niche construction theory and archaeology. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, September.
  • Niche construction theory and archaeology: the case of agricultural origins. European Human Behaviour & Evolution Association Conference, St Andrews, U.K., April.

2008

  • Material culture and units of transmission. Centre for the Evolutionary Analysis of Cultural Behaviour Conference on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Great Missenden, U.K., December.
  • Cultural phylogenetics: issues and prospects. Cultural Dynamics Conference, Seville, Spain, October.
  • Chronological versus heritable continuity in archaeology. University of Seville, Seville, Spain, October.
  • Cultural phylogenetic classification: some fundamental issues. Classification Society annual meeting, St. Louis, June.
  • What is cultural phylogeny, and how do we recognize it? Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., April.

2007

  • Altenberg Workshop in Theoretical Biology on Cultural Innovation (organizer with S. J. Shennan). Konrad Lorenz Institute, Altenberg, Austria, September.

2006

  • What is cultural phylogeny, and how do we recognize it? International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP), Lisbon, September.
  • Constructing and using cultural phylogenies. Altenberg Seminars in Theoretical Biology, Konrad Lorenz Institute/University of Vienna, January.

2005

  • Cultural transmission is not a unidimensional, monolithic entity. Centre for the Evolutionary Analysis of Cultural Behaviour Conference on Cultural Transmission, London, September.

 
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