I was born and raised enjoying the nature of Chile and was educated in animal behaviour and evolutionary anthropology in Cambridge and Oxford. For my PhD work i study the social behaviour (and play behaviour in particular) of wild bonobos in DR Congo. Bonobos are, together with chimpanzees, our living closest relatives, however we know very little about them – mostly through captive work. In Wamba, a most remote jungle location l have observed unique aspects of bonobo lives (from imaginary play and laughter to inter-group encounters to accidents and death) that challenge and illuminate our understanding of human evolution. I aim to link the play of adult bonobos to insights on human laughter, joy, creativity and our capacity for wonder and exploration. I live in Oxford where there are many cafes and pubs wonderful for conversation - just let me know if you are passing by.
TEDGlobal 2012, TED2011
Areas of Expertise
human behaviour, bonobos, Primate Behaviour, evolution , Fun, Creativity & Innovation, relationships, Exploration, nature
An idea worth spreading
Play behaviour is our 'Adaptive Joker' - a biological wildcard which holds the key to our capacity to adapt to a changing world.
I'm passionate about
Passion. A life worth living. Exploration, creativity, laughter, nature, animals, wild and the wilderness.
Talk to me about
A life worth living, creativity, play, exploration, nature, human behaviour, openness to experience, inspiration, change
People don't know I'm good at
Dancing for hours, taming parrots, seeking the moment, bringing eclectic people together, making a fire, spreading the fun.