Swallow Hall, a 19th Century Gothic Building,
home of the Department of Anthropology

Rob Walker

Rob Walker
Associate Professor
Emphasis: 
Cultural Anthropology
Office Address: 
219 Swallow Hall
Phone: 
573-882-4731
Office Hours: 
Wed. 2 to 3pm

Graduate Student Opportunities:
Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact me by email.

Research: 

Evolutionary anthropology, ethnolinguistic diversity, uncontacted indigenous societies, Amazonia, applied machine learning

 

Selected Publications: 

For pdfs please go to Research Gate

2019

Walker RS, MJ Hamilton. Machine learning with remote sensing data to locate uncontacted indigenous villages in Amazonia. PeerJ Computer Science

2016

Walker RS, DC Kesler, KR Hill. Are isolated indigenous populations headed toward extinction? PLoS ONE 11:e0150987     

2015

Walker RS, KR Hill. Protecting isolated tribes. Science 348:1061

Walker RS, L Sattenspiel, KR Hill. Mortality from contact-related epidemics among indigenous populations in Greater Amazonia. Scientific Reports 5:14032

Walker RS, C Yvinec, RM Ellsworth, DH Bailey. Co-father relationships among the Suruí (Paiter) of Brazil. PeerJ 3:e899

2014

Walker RS, MJ Hamilton, AA Groth. Remote sensing and conservation of isolated indigenous villages in Amazonia. Royal Society Open Science 1:140246

Walker RS. Amazonian horticulturalists live in larger, more related groups than hunter-gatherers. Evolution & Human Behavior 35:384-388

Walker RS, MJ Hamilton. Amazonian societies on the brink of extinction. American Journal of Human Biology 26:570-572

Walker RS, DH Bailey. Marrying kin in small-scale societies. American Journal of Human Biology 26:384-388

Walker RS, KR Hill. Causes, consequences, and kin bias of human group fissions. Human Nature 25:465-475

2013

Walker RS, S Beckerman, MV Flinn, M Gurven, CR von Rueden, KL Kramer, RD Greaves, L Córdoba, D Villar, EH Hagen, JM Koster, L Sugiyama, TE Hunter, KR Hill. Living with kin in lowland horticultural societies. Current Anthropology 54:96-103

Walker RS, DH Bailey. Body counts in lowland South American violence. Evolution & Human Behavior 34:29-34

2012      

Walker RS, S Wichmann, T Mailund, CJ Atkisson. Cultural phylogenetics of the Tupi language family in lowland South America. PLoS ONE 7:e35025

2011      

Walker RS, KR Hill, MV Flinn, RM Ellsworth. Evolutionary history of hunter-gatherer marriage practices. PLoS ONE 6:e19066

Walker RS, LA Ribeiro. Bayesian phylogeography of the Arawak expansion in lowland South America. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 278:2562-2567

2010      

Walker RS, MV Flinn, KR Hill. Evolutionary history of partible paternity in lowland South America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107:19195-19200

2006

Walker RS, M Gurven, K Hill, A Migliano, NA Chagnon, R De Souza, G Djurovic, R Hames, AM Hurtado, H Kaplan, K Kramer, WJ Oliver, C Valeggia, T Yamauchi. Growth rates and life histories in twenty-two small-scale societies. American Journal of Human Biology 18:295-311

Walker RS, K Hill, O Burger, AM Hurtado. Life in the slow lane revisited: Ontogenetic separation between chimpanzees and humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 129:577-583

2002

Walker RS, KR Hill, H Kaplan, G MacMillan. Age-dependency in hunting ability among the Ache of Eastern Paraguay. Journal of Human Evolution 42:639-657