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Name  Peter Richerson

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Education  University of California, Davis (1967)
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
Books  Not by Genes Alone, The Origin and Evolution, Culture and the Evolution, Principles of Human Ecology, Origin and Evolution of Culture

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Peter James Richerson (born October 11, 1943) is an American biologist. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis.


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Richerson studied entomology at UC Davis, earning his B.S. in 1965. In 1969, he completed his Ph.D. in zoology. After a postdoc and junior professorship, he was from 1977 until 2006 Professor of Environmental Science at UC Davis. He was a guest professor at University of California, Berkeley (1977–78), Duke University (1984), and the University of Exeter (2004). In 1991 he was a guest researcher at the Bielefeld University.


Richerson's research interests include sociocultural evolution, human ecology and applied and tropical limnology.

Books (selected)

  • Richerson, Peter; Boyd, Robert (1985). Culture and the evolutionary Process. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226069338. 
  • Richerson, Peter; Boyd, Robert (2005). Not by genes alone: how culture transformed human evolution. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226712125. 
  • Richerson, Peter; Boyd, Robert (2005). The origin and evolution of cultures. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 019518145X. 
  • References

    Peter Richerson Wikipedia