Crofoot Wins Grant for Work on Complex Societies

By Ben Hinshaw - Margaret Crofoot, assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded the Leakey Foundation’s 2016 Gordon P. Getty Grant for her project entitled “Dominance, Social Stability, and the Emergence of Collective Decisions in Complex Societies.”

The Leakey Foundation was founded in 1968 to provide support for the groundbreaking work being conducted by Louis and Mary Leakey, as well as by other young scientists including Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Since then, the foundation has funded many seminal studies informing our understanding of human prehistory. 

Established in 2013, the Gordon P. Getty Grant commemorates Chairman Getty’s forty years of service at the Leakey Foundation. It is awarded annually to “a researcher or researchers who show extraordinary originality and dedication in their intellectual and professional pursuits while exemplifying a multidisciplinary approach to human origins research.”

In addition to leading the Crofoot Lab at UC Davis, Dr. Crofoot is also a research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Her research explores the evolution of complex social systems—specifically, how collective (group) behaviors emerge from interactions among individuals, and how group traits impact individual fitness.

Learn more about Margaret Crofoot and the Crofoot Lab.

Learn more about the Leakey Foundation and the Gordon P. Getty Grant.