New Grant

Maritime law enforcement in the Indo-Pacific: building capacity to confront militia groups and maritime crime. PI: Brandon Prins (Minerva Research Initiative. Department of Defense).

The research project tackles important shortcomings in extant research on the maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific. The project makes several broad contributions. By building two novel datasets on littoral capabilities and non-traditional security threats, it opens the door to systematic empirical research on the emerging challenges in the region. The project helps conceptualize the nature of the non-traditional security challenges and informs policymakers in choosing effective strategies to confront them. It also measures the nature and extent of formal and informal maritime law enforcement cooperation, which can help establish the overall effectiveness of coordinated force projection in the region. At the local level, the data offer policymakers and practitioners unprecedented spatial specificity for describing patterns of maritime crime and conflict. It aids practitioners in identifying the hotspots of illicit activity and determining the right maritime law enforcement response. An expected outcome of the project is a visualization tool that will enable users to chart the spatial and temporal movement of criminal and terrorist elements as well as the force posture and location of maritime law enforcement capacity at the sub-national level. Finally, this project contributes to the DoD’s effort in building state capacity to respond against the actions of criminal non-state groups in the region, while also assessing various approaches to enhancing regional cooperation to confront this challenge.

Recent Talks

Sergey Gavrilets "New approaches to modeling the dynamics of collective action in cooperation and conflict" Basic Research Forum, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, DOD.

Sergey Gavrilets "Modeling the evolutionary origins and dynamics of social complexity" Center for Mathematical Biology, University of Bath, UK

Recent Symposium

Apocalypse, Populism, Critique: An interdisciplinary Symposium (Organizers:
Harry F. Dahms and Allen Dunn). Videos of talks are available here

Recent Editorial Posts

Brandon Prins. (2020) “Capacity Building must be a Focus as Sea-piracy Expands.” Maritime Executive, September 19, 2020.
Brandon Prins. (2020). “Terrorists Target Civilians to Provoke Government Over-Reaction.” Homeland Security Today, July 17, 2020.
Brandon Prins. (2020) “Piracy is on the Rise and Coronavirus May Make it Worse.” World Economic Forum, May 15, 2020.

Brandon Prins. (2020) “Global Sea Piracy Ticks Upward and the Coronavirus May Make it Worse.” TheConversation, May 5, 2020. 

New course

Spring 2021: Sustainable Cities and Urban Ecology (Geology 493/593). Instructors: M. L. McKinney and Michael Ross

New Papers

Aleydis Van de Moortel, "Sea Peoples from the Aegean: Identity, Socio-Political Context, and Antecedents, " in A. Gilboa and A. Yasur-Landau (eds.), Nomads of the Mediterranean: Trade and Contact in the Bronze and Iron Ages (Leiden: Brill) 318-335;

Aleydis Van de Moortel "Middle Helladic Architectural Practices and the Formation of Elite Architecture at Mitrou, East Lokris, Early in the Late Helladic Period," in: A. Mazarakis Ainian (ed.), Proceedings of the 5th Archaeological Meeting of Thessaly and Central Greece 2012-2014. From Prehistory to the Contemporary Period, Volos, Feb. 26 - March 1, 2015 (Volos) 877-890.

Carrignon S, Brughmans T, Romanowska I (2020) Tableware trade in the Roman East: Exploring cultural and economic transmission with agent-based modelling and approximate Bayesian computation. PLoS ONE 15(11): e0240414.

Carrignon S, Coto-Sarmiento M, Bentley RA, O’Brien MJ. An introduction to papers from workshops on the evolution of cultural complexity. Adaptive Behavior. 2020;28(5):317-322. doi:10.1177/1059712320950483.

Beckage, B., K. Lacasse, J. M. Winter, L. J. Gross, N. Fefferman, F. M. Hoffman, S. S. Metcalf, T. Franck, E. Carr, A. Zia and A. Kinzig. 2020. The Earth has humans, so why don’t our climate models? Climatic Change

Derryberry EP, JN Phillips, GE Derryberry, MJ Blum and DA Luther. 2020. Singing in a silent spring: birds respond to a half-century soundscape reversion during the COVID-19 shutdown. Science 370(6516): 575—579. DOI: 10.1126/science.abd5777

Howell, CE, RC Anderson and EP Derryberry. 2020. Female zebra finches prefer the songs of males who quickly solve a novel foraging task to the songs of males unable to solve the task. Ecology & Evolution 10(8):10281—10291. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6690

Ghersi BM, Peterson AC, Gibson NL, Dash A, Elmayan A, Schwartzenburg H, Tu W, Riegel C, Herrera C, Blum MJ. In the heart of the city: Trypanosoma cruzi infection prevalence in rodents across New Orleans. Parasites & vectors. 2020 Dec;13(1):1-0.

Peterson AC, Ghersi BM, Riegel C, Wunder Jr EA, Childs JE, Blum MJ. Amplification of pathogenic Leptospira infection with greater abundance and co‐occurrence of rodent hosts across a counter‐urbanizing landscape. Molecular Ecology. 2020 Oct 26.

Collins-Elliott, S.A. and C.S. Jazwa. 2020. “Dynamic Modeling of the Effects of Site Placement on Environmental Suitability: A Theoretical Example from Northwest Morocco.” Environmental Archaeology. doi: 10.1080/14614103.2020.1763020

Dahms, Harry “Adorno’s Critique of the New Right-Wing Extremism: How (Not) to Face the Past, Present, and Future.” disClosure: a journal of social theory, 29(1), 129-179 (link).

Dahms, Harry “Science Fiction Films and ‘Love’: Toward a Critique of Regressive Social Relations” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 103 (2) 2020: 121-157 (link).

Dahms, Harry "Ignoring Goethe's Faust: A Critical-Theoretical Perspective on American Ideology” Fast Capitalism: An Interdisciplinary Journal 16 (2) September 2019: 9-30 (link).

Dahms, Harry “Critical Theory, Sociology, and Science-Fiction Films: Love, Radical Transformation and the Socio-Logic of Capital” in Daniel Krier and Mark Worrell (eds.), Capital in the Mirror: Critical Theory and the Aesthetic Dimension (Albany, NY: SUNY Press; 2020): 231-301.

Dahms, Harry “Critical Theory Derailed: Paradigm Fetishism and Critical Liberalism in Honneth (and Habermas)” in Volker Schmitz (ed.), Axel Honneth and the Future of Critical Theory (Palgrave, 2019), pp. 207-242.
Dahms, HarryKarl Kautsky” in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd ed. (online), ed. by George Ritzer (Malden, Mass.: 2020) (link)

Coppinger, B. A., Kania, S., Lucas, J. R., Sieving, K. E., & Freeberg, T. M. (In Press) Experimental manipulation of mixed-species flocks reveals heterospecific audience effects on calling. To appear inAnimal Behaviour.

Jung, H., Sherrod, A., LeBreux, S., Price, J. & Freeberg, T. M. (2020). Traffic noise and responses to a simulated approaching avian predator in mixed-species flocks of chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches. Ethology.

Krams, I. A., Krama, T., Freeberg, T. M., Krams, R., & Sieving, K. E. (In Press) Attacks of songbirds in mixed-species flocks by Eurasian sparrowhawks: strategies of predators and potential prey. To appear in Journal of Field Ornithology.

C Chen, GZ de Rubens, X Xu, J Li (2020) Coronavirus comes home? Energy use, home energy management, and the social-psychological factors of COVID-19 Energy research & social science 68, 101688

MJ Fell, L Pagel, C Chen, MH Goldberg, M Herberz, GM Huebner et al. (2020) Validity of energy social research during and after COVID-19: challenges, considerations, and responses Energy Research & Social Science, 101646

BK Sovacool, X Xu, G Zarazua De Rubens, CF Chen (2020) Validity of energy social research during and after COVID-19: challenges, considerations, and responses Environmental Sociology, 1-16

C Chen, T Hong, GZ de Rubens, S Yilmaz, K Bandurski, ZD Bélafi et al. (2020) Culture, conformity, and carbon? A multi-country analysis of heating and cooling practices in office buildings Energy Research & Social Science 61, 101344

Guo, Q, Cen, X., Song, R. McKinney, M.L. and Wang, D. 2020. Worldwide effects of non-native species on species-area relationships. Conservation Biology. In press

Li, D., Olden, J.D., Lockwood, J.L., Record, S., McKinney, M.L. and Baiser, B. 2020. Changes in taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity in the Anthropocene. Proceedings Royal Society Biological Sciences 287: Article number 20200777
McKinney, M.L. and VerBerkmoes, A. 2020. Beneficial health outcomes of natural green infrastructure in cities. Current Landscape Ecology Reports 5: 35-44.

Gladstone, N., Bordeau, T., Leppanen, C., and McKinney, M.L. 2020. Spatiotemporal patterns of non-native gastropods in the contiguous United States. Neobiota 57: 133-152.

Currie, T. E. , P. Turchin, E. Turner, S. Gavrilets (2020) "Duration of agriculture and distance from the steppe predict the evolution of large-scale human societies in Afro-Eurasia" Humanities and Social Sciences Communications 7, 34. [online ]

Ross, C. T. et al. 2020. "The multinomial index: a robust measure of reproductive skew in animal societies". Proc Royal Soc London B 287: 20202025. [online ]

Perry, L. and S. Gavrilets. 2020. "Foresight in a game of leadership" Scientific Reports 10: 2251 [online ]

Gavrilets, S. and M. Duwal Shrestha. 2020. "Evolving institutions for collective action by selective imitation and self-interested design" Evolution and Human Behavior [online ]

Lozano, P., S. Gavrilets, and A. Sanchez 2020. "Cooperation, social norm internalization and the arising of hierarchically structured societies" Scientific Reports 10: 15359. [online ]

Rusch, H. and S. Gavrilets. 2020. The logic of animal intergroup conflict: A review. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization [online ]

Rooker, K. and S. Gavrilets 2020. "On the evolution of sexual receptivity in female primates" Scientific Reports 10: 11945 [online]

Gavrilets, S. 2020. "The dynamics of injunctive social normsEvolutionary Human Sciences

Edited Volumes

Social Theory and Science Fiction (Special Issue)  Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 103 (2) 2020 (Dahms, Harry, guest editor). (link)

The Challenge of Progress: Theory between Critique and Ideology Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 36. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2019. (Dahms, Harry, guest editor).(link)
The Digital Transformation of Social Theory (Special Issue)
Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 149. Roth, S., Dahms, H. F., Welz, F., & Cattacin, S. (co-editors) (2019) (link).