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Mark Pagel

Portrait of Mark Pagel

Professor of Evolutionary Biology

Director of the Evolution Laboratory

Areas of interest

  • Evolution
  • Computational biology
  • Language evolution
  • Phylogeny
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo

Research centres and groups

International Collaborators

  • Professor Richard Foster, Yale University
  • Professor Russell Gray, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dr Tanmoy Bhattacharya, The Santa Fe Institute and Los Alamos Laboratory, USA
  • Dr Daniel Hrushka, University of Arizona
  • Dr Chris Organ, University of Montana

National Collaborators

  • Dr Mark Beaumont, University of Bristol

Research projects

  • Funding from ERC and BBSRC
  • Molecular phylogenetics and Bayesian Statistical methods for comparative data
  • The evolution of human languages
  • Human cultural and technological evolution
  • Speciation
  • Rate and mode of evolution


Esteem Factors

  • Fellow of the Royal Society, 2011
  • Coordinator of European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award (£2 million)
  • External Professor, the Santa Fe Institute, USA
  • Plenary Speaker to Human Behaviour and Evolution Society meetings

Impact, Enterprise and Outreach

  • Public lectures in UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Europe
  • Invited Participant, The World Economic Forum
  • Interviews with BBC Radio 3, 4, BBC Regional Radio, International press coverage
  • Featured in New Scientist, Discovery, National Geographic
  • TED Talk


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