UTSA Social Data Analytics (DNA) Lab
Social DNA lab
The Social DNA lab supports data-driven interdisciplinary research into the structure, function, and dynamics of human societies in the past, present, and future.
The Social DNA lab is the COLFA hub of a large, interdisciplinary network of data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence research across UTSA. We focus on complex systems approaches to the evolution of human ecology and cultural diversity, emphasizing the integration of human energetics, social networks, and collective computation over human evolutionary history.
Core research areas:
Archaeological and evolutionary ecology research into the socioeconomic structure of foraging peoples and their diversity.
Archaeology of the colonization and initial settlement of the Americas, especially the Trans-Pecos and Southwest US.
Major evolutionary transitions in human sociopolitical complexity and diversity through time and space.
The structure of human social organizations and networks at all scales over human evolutionary history.
The Human Niche
The search for general principles in the evolution of the human ecological niche, from foragers to the industrialized world.
energy and computation
The feedback between energy and computation in the humans across scales, from individuals to societies.