Patrik Lindenfors

Associate Professor in Zoological Ecology

Research interests
Curriculum Vitae

My latest book is entitled
For Whose Benefit? The biological and Cultural Evolution of Human Cooperation.

Sekulär humanism

My third book is co-written with Christer Sturmark and entitled Sekulär humanism - förnuft, omtanke, ansvar

My second book is entitled Samarbete (Cooperation)

My first book is called
God Probably Doesn't Exist
It's been translated to eight languages and is available as e-book, both as Adobe encrypted pdf and via iTunes

   Human Cultural Evolution

My main research interest concerns the evolution of human culture. I conduct this resarch at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution.

Currently, my main focus lies in trying to apply evolutionary thinking to understanding the evolution of democracy. For this reason, am one of several Project Managers within the remarkably succesful and truly global V-Dem project administered by the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg.

   Mammal Brain Evolution
in this project, I investigate if sex and species differences in the mammal brain can be tied to sex differences in behaviour. The results this far indicate that behavioural differences between the sexes have had a large impact on the primate brain.

   Sexual Size Dimorphism
My other research mainly focuses on the use of phylogenetic comparative methods, especially investigating biological differences between the sexes.

  Parasite Diversity
During my post-doc I investigated what determines parasite diversity. Mammal parasite records that we collected for this work are available at the Global Mammal Parasite Database.

   Students welcome!
If you are interested in doing a master's thesis you are most welcome to mail me for suggestions. I have several ideas that need to be investigated.

Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden. Tel. +46-(0)8-559 24 341
The Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden. Mobile: +46-(0)70-341 86 87