Mark James Adams

Researcher | m@differentialist.info

ABOUT

I study the evolution of individual differences and the genetic and environmental architecture of complex traits.

EDUCATION

PhD Psychology
University of Edinburgh
Evolution of psychological diversity w/Alex Weiss

2012

MSc Quantitative Genetics & Genome Analysis
University of Edinburgh
Heritability of dominance behavior w/Loeske Kruuk

2008

BA Theoretical Biology
Cornell University
Artificial life and mathematical biology w/Hudson Kern Reeve and Hod Lipson

2003



WORK

Research Fellow. Statistical analyst for the STRADL Project
Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh

2015 - CURRENT

NERC Post-doctoral Research Associate
Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

2012 - 2014

Laboratory Technician
Drosophila Genetic Resource Center, Kyoto Institute of Technology

2006 - 2007



AWARDS & GRANTS

Fulker Award, Behavior Genetics Association
The Majority of Genetic Variation in Orangutan Personality and Subjective Well-Being is Nonadditive

Given to a paper of unusual merit that appeared in the most recent volume of Behavior Genetics.

2013

Moray Endowment Fund Award
Selection on personality in a contemporary population

2010

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Japanese macaque personality

2009

2008


Interests

Quantitative Genetics


Personality


Psychometrics


Evolution


Primates


Psychopathology



Studies

Social genetics

In social interactions, the genes in one individual can influence the phenotype of of its partners. I am investigating the indirect effects of helping behavior in long-tailed tits, a cooperatively breeding bird species.

Locations: Sheffield
evolution

Primate personality

I am conducting a comparative study of personality in macaques and relating personality structure to social style to understand how dimensions of individual differences in behavior originate. I have also studied the genetic architecture of personality in orang-utans, psychometics and rater assessment, and longevity.

Collaborators: Alex Weiss, Bino Majolo, Julia Ostner, Bernard Thierry.
Locations: Japan, Morocco, Thailand, France.
comparative psychology

Intelligence in dogs

Human differences in cognitive ability are well described by a single dimension, called g. Do dogs also differ in general intelligence?

Collaborator: Rosalind Arden.
Location: London.
aging



CONTACT

Email
m@differentialist.info

Address
Department of Psychiatry
University of Edinburgh
Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Edinburgh, Scotland.

Blog
The Differential Biology Reader

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