Peter J. Richerson

Peter J. Richerson Photo
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Professor Richerson is best known for his seminal work on cultural evolution. Much of this work is summarized in his 2005 book with Robert Boyd, Not By Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution, published by the University of Chicago Press. He continues to publish in this field, co-editing a 2013 MIT Press book Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion with Morten Christiansen. He was trained as a limnologist and has work at Lake Tahoe, Lake Titicaca, and Clear Lake. He is currently President Elect of the Evolutionary Anthropology Society and past president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society and the Society for Human Ecology.