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Jeff DeSalu

Research Interest

Sociocultural evolution, math modeling, social complexity

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The Ohio State University, BA in political science, 2018


I’m interested in applying elements of Marxist theory that relate to the causal relationship between resource availability and the internal social dynamics of a group to non-human species, so as to better understand how access to the means of subsistence informs behavioral development on both an individual and group level. I’m also interested in how change or destruction within ecosystems can trigger cascades of social change, and how species' evolutionary context informs their responses.

Another aspect of my research in human ecology focuses on the relationship between technological advancement and the evolution of social systems, specifically with respects to how innovations that increase agricultural and industrial productivity have reshaped relational dynamics within and between groups, as well as how that process is influenced by disruptive historical events.

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