Evolutionary Anthropology and Biodemography Research Group

University of California at Santa Barbara, Anthropology Department

Director: Professor Michael Gurven, PhD









































Dr. Michael Gurven’s research group studies how ecological and social factors shape design features of behavior, physiology and psychology.  Incorporating insights and perspectives from behavioral ecology, life history theory, biodemography and human biology provides a unique research environment for explaining human diversity.

His working group occupies both wet lab and behavioral lab space, and field sites around the globe.

Current research themes include:

evolutionary medicine / biodemography and life history /evolution of human growth and ecological variation / testing models of human longevity / hormone-behavior interactions / social learning of subsistence and social strategies / human foraging behavior / social and human capital in small-scale societies / fertility transitions and reproductive decision-making / social status, networks, and leadership / mate guarding and behavioral implications of sexual proprietariness /development and senescence of immune function / intergenerational transfers / social and economic aspects of cooperation

email: gurven@anth.ucsb.edu 
phone: 805-893-2202

University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106