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Dr Daniel Longman

Dr Daniel Longman

Post-doctoral Researcher in Human Evolution

Biological Anthropology
Pembroke Street

Cambridge CB2 3QG



2011-2014: PhD, University of Cambridge

2008-9: MPhil Human Evolution, University of Cambridge

2005-8: BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge


Research Interests

During periods of energetic stress, biological functions cannot be individually optimised.  Life history theory predicts the existence of trade-offs between competing functional processes, with preferential allocation to tissues and functions offering the greatest immediate survival value. I have developed and validated a novel model, which utilises the energy deficit inherent in ultra-endurance athletic events to study these trade-offs. My work within the ADaPt Project (PI: Dr Jay Stock) has involved the collection of physiological samples and data from athletes taking part in ocean rows and foot-races in the world’s most challenging climates. It is our hope that this project will further understanding of the life history trade-offs, promoting evolutionary understanding of our adaptive capabilities as a phenotypically plastic species.  The implications for performance in extreme environments are also considered.


I am involved in the teaching/examining of the following courses:


BAN6 Human Variation and Adaptation

BAN7 Advanced Behaviour

ARC7 Death and Burial


MPhil Human Evolutionary Studies


Other Professional Activities

Research Associate, Corpus Christi College

Member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists



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Key Publications

Most of the papers below can be found on Academia or Research Gate. Alternatively, please  for an electronic copy.

[1]   Longman, D., Surbey, M.K., Stock, J.T., & Wells, J.C.K. (2018) Physical dominance or all in the mind? Experimentally induced tandem androgenic and psychological shifts in male reproductive effort following competitive "win" or "loss". Human Nature.

[2]   Longman, D., Stock, J.T. & Wells, J.C.K.  (2017). A trade-off between physical and cognitive performance, with relative preservation of brain function.  Scientific Reports

[3]   Longman, D.,  Prall, S.P., Shattuck, E.C., Stephen, I.D., Stock, J.T., Wells, J.C.k., & Muehlenbein, M.P. (2017). Short-term resource allocation during extensive athletic competition.  American Journal of Human Biology.

[4]   Longman, D., Wells, J.C.K., & Stock, J.T. (2015). Can persistence hunting signal male quality?  Having versus getting: a test using endurance athletes.  PLoS ONE. 10.4

[5]   Longman, D., Hutchinson, J.C., Stock, J.T., & Wells, J.C.K. (2014). Attentional strategies during rowing. Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences. 10:321-331.

[6]   Longman, D., Stock, J.T., & Wells, J.C.K. (2011). Digit ratio (2D:4D) and rowing ergometer  performance in males and females. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 144 (3), 337-341.

[7]   Longman, D., Stock, J.T., & Wells, J.C.K. (2011). Fluctuating asymmetry as a predictor for rowing ergometer performance. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 32 (8), 606-610.