Our Workshop

UCSB Welcomes You to the 12th Annual C-Wess

Save the Date

May 4th to May 6th, 2018.

Conference Location

Google Map between Conference Center and El Capitan
Note: Parking is limited at the conference center and requires parking permits, so carpooling from the campsite or hotels may be necessary.

Workshop Locale

Workshop Information

The deadline for event registration and poster abstract submission is April 27th. If you plan to camp, indicate this in the registration poll. To register for the event and optionally submit an poster abstract, please:
  1. complete the registration poll, and
  2. follow the "Flash Introduction" instructions below to submit a PowerPoint slide for the flash introduction session to this dropbox folder. Like every year, registration for C-WESS is free.
Flash Introduction!
If you did not attend C-WESS last year, or if you wish to update your photo or keywords from last year, please create a power point slide with a photo of yourself and several keywords that represent your research. Here is a sample flash slide, and your campus representative can provide more information on flash introductions. Submit your slides to this dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/request/3dzs9MZBbxcqUHRRKrAW
Schedule Highlights!
The meeting will begin at 4:30pm on Friday, May 4 with a keynote address by Bruce Winterhalder and an opening reception with dinner. It will run all day Saturday. On Sunday, the meeting will end with the steering meeting, around 11am. The full schedule will be distributed shortly.
Transportation and Student Reimbursement
We expect to be able to provide partial or full reimbursement of travel expenses for students who carpool to the meeting. Reimbursements will be provided to the drivers of cars based on mileage traveled. Preference will be given to those who come with full cars and provide transportation for other students. Carpooling also maximizes the reimbursements we can provide, since they will be divided among fewer individuals. Since many of you may be uncertain about your travel details at this time, further information about reimbursements will be distributed at a later date.


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And What Do We Evolutionists Talk About?

Helen Fisher Steven Pinker Charles Darwin

Throughout evolution, ostracism was death indeed.

~ Helen Fisher

Evolution is an indispensable component of any satisfying explanation of our psychology.

~ Steven Pinker

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

~ Charles Darwin

About Us

C-Wess: we're an interdisciplinary group of evolutionary scientists

This is a free conference open to all students, postdocs, and faculty interested in applying evolutionary theory to research in the social sciences. C-WESS is known for its abundant opportunities for networking, and its diversity of theoretical approaches.
You know, we all meet annually to discuss our works regarding Evolution.

With This Year's Campus Reps

to whom the success of our group depends

Aaron Blackwell UCSB, Local Host
Theo Samore UCLA, Co-Lead
Kotrina Kajokaite UCLA, Co-Lead
Lisa McAllister UCSB, Local Arrangements
Nicole Naar UC Davis
Elizabeth Pillsworth CSU Fullerton
Bianca Figueras CSU Fullerton
Eric Schniter Chapman University
Matthew Zefferman Naval Postgraduate School
Michael Barlev ASU
Stacey Rucas Cal Poly

Made Possible by Dedicated Sponsors

  • UCD, Division of Social Sciences
  • UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution & Culture
  • UCSB, Department of Anthropology
  • Chapman University
  • Cal Poly Social Sciences
  • CSUF, Anthropology & Psychology

C-Wess Poster Awards

1st Place 2014
Alexandra Greenwald

For "Stable isotope measures of childhood diet and foraging in prehistoric Central California"

2nd Place 2014
Matthew Gervais

For "Attitudes regulate enduring relationships: Evidence from RICH economic games in Fiji"

1st Place 2013
Kristin Rauch

For "Too many men: The violence problem?"

2nd Place 2013
Susan Talcott

For "Conflict continuity: Reconstructing trade in Colusa county using obsidian XRF"

1st Place 2012: E. Pillsworth & Jaclyn Ross for "Sexual strategies in pregnant women"
2nd Place 2012: Ryan Schacht for "Explaining sex roles in humans: sex ratio effects in Southwestern Guyana"


We highly recommend the camping, btw

It's survival of the fittest out there... the location of your nest is important!

Option 1: Camping

Camping, this year at El Capitan State Beach, is a popular option for attendees at the Workshop. The main camping fee is being covered by our sponsors.

This year we have reserved campsites for Friday and Saturday nights, May 4th - 6th, 2018. Check-in time is 2pm.
El Capitan State Beach is about 20 minutes north on 101 from the conference location.

Campsite Registration

If you wish to camp (again, FREE!), please indicate such on the workshop registration website:
Workshop Registration

Campsite Location

El Capitan State Beach
campsites: 25,26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34
10 Refugio Beach Rd, Goleta, CA 93117

Campsite Locale

Option 2: Hotel

Since individual may have different preferences, we have not reserved a specific hotel for the conference. However, here are some recommendations for those who do not wish to camp:

Closest to Conference Site:
  • Courtyard by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta, 401 Storke Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta, 6878 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
Cheapest nearby are:
  • Super 8 Santa Barbara/Goleta, 6021 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Motel 6 Santa Barbara - Goleta, 5897 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Best Western Plus South Coast Inn, 5620 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117

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