Nilo Merino Recalde
DetailsName: Nilo Merino Recalde
Position: DPhil Student
I studied Anthropology at Durham University (2016-2019), where I worked on projects exploring how perceptual biases influence the generation of diversity in the cultural evolution of music and visual art. Before this (2011-2016) I worked as a cinematographer, specialising in the use of time-lapse and slow-motion techniques in wildlife and ethnographic media. I have a wide range of interests that includes the emergence of animal cultural diversity and its evolutionary consequences, communication and the evolution of signal design, and the philosophy of science.
My DPhil research, supervised by Professor Ben Sheldon, will try to provide a more detailed understanding of how social, demographic and spatial factors influence how individual birds acquire their songs, as well as explore how cultural stability and novelty emerges at the population and species level in consequence.