Matt Grove

Position: Researcher

Institution: University of Liverpool



Matt Grove was born in 1978 and completed his BA (Hons) in Archaeology at the University of Reading in 2000, followed by an MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour at University College London in 2002 and the completion of his PhD in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2008. From 2008-2010 Matt was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford. In 2009 he was elected to the Junior Golding Research Fellowship at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he remains a member of the Senior Common Room. Matt is currently a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool.

Matt's research interests revolve around the palaeoanthropological and archaeological evidence of human evolution; specifically, he applies models from theoretical and population ecology to the archaeological record via empirical analyses and simulation modeling. Further to this, his interests focus more generally on the application of evolutionary, quantitative and computational methodologies to archaeological data.
From the inception of his PhD in 2004 until the completion of his postdoctoral work in 2010, Matt's research was funded by the British Academy Centenary Research Project. This project, formally titled 'Lucy to Language: the Archaeology of the Social Brain', was an interdisciplinary collaboration between PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and fellows at five UK universities.

Matt's current project examines social, cultural, and biological responses to environmental unpredictability through models built around ethnographic, genetic, and climatic data. The resultant models are used to generate hypotheses that are tested against various aspects of the archaeological record including the spatial evidence of social dynamics, records of variation in lithic transfer distances, and the first and last appearance dates of hominin species and novel forms of material culture.

Matt has published 10 articles in a range of journals. View Scopus profile.