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Dr Joanna Bryson
Dr Joanna Bryson

Internal News - 16 August 2007

Academic awarded prestigious fellowship

Dr Joanna Bryson from the Department of Computer Science has been awarded the Hans Przibram Fellowship from the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution & Cognition Research in Austria.

The fellowship specialises in evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), a field that compares the developmental processes of different animals and plants in an attempt to determine how developmental processes evolve.

Dr Bryson is specifically exploring the biology of cultural evolution, how it is that many animals have come to acquire behaviour from other members of their species, with particular attention on why humans acquire so much more than other species. This work may have applications in assisting the survival of related species such as orangutans.

She has taken up the position as of 13 August and will be on two years semi-sabbatical from the University.

She will also be a visiting fellow at the Methods & Data Institute in the University of Nottingham's Faculty of Social Sciences during this time.