About the YREL

About the YREL

Established in 1998, evolutionary anthropologists at the Yale Reproductive Ecology Laboratory conduct research on human and comparative evolutionary biology.  We are particularly interested in biological factors that contribute to variation in key life history traits such as reproduction, growth, aging, and immune function.

News

August 14, 2016
In a recent article published in the American Journal of Human Biology, anthropology Ph.D. candidate Amelia Sancilio and co-authors Mark Eggerman and Professor Catherine...
June 3, 2016
Purpose: Perceptions of environmental adversity and access to economic resources in adolescence can theoretically affect the timing of life history transitions and investment...
June 2, 2016
“Background: Market integration (MI) – increasing production for and consumption from a market-based economy – is drastically altering traditional ways of life and...
March 28, 2016
Objectives. To estimate trends of undernutrition (stunting and underweight) among children younger than 5 years covered by the universal health coverage programs Plan Nacer...
March 21, 2016
Abstract: Richerson et al. make a compelling case for cultural evolution. In focusing on cultural group selection, however, they neglect important individual-level accounts...
February 26, 2016
Background: Do evolutionary specializations lead to evolutionary constraint? This appears plausible, particularly when specialization leads to loss of complex adaptations....
January 15, 2016
Suburban neighborhoods are a dominant type of human land use. Many housing regions globally rely on septic systems, rather than sanitary sewers, for wastewater management....
January 14, 2016
Life history theory predicts trade-offs between reproductive effort and maternal survivorship in energy-restricted environments. However, empirical evidence for the...
June 22, 2015
In honor of Father’s Day, Yale University has produced a podcast, “Anthropology of Dad,” to find out just how come so many Yale anthropologists research fatherhood? Listen to...
June 22, 2015
In honor of Father’s Day, let’s see what Yale Anthropologists have to say about dads in their ongoing research. Dr. Richard Bribiescas is a principal investigator of...
June 22, 2015
In honor of Father’s Day, let’s see what Yale Anthropologists have to say about dads in their ongoing research. Dr. Eduardo Fernandez-Duque talks about his research...
October 18, 2014
The new paper, published in the American Journal of Human Biology, assesses changes in the diurnal rhythm of cortisol with age among the Ache, an indigenous population of...
October 7, 2014
“All over Latin America, indigenous populations are rapidly changing their lifestyle. This work elaborates on the complex experience of indigenous people in transition....
September 24, 2014
Background: The health problems associated with rapidly changing lifestyles in indigenous populations, e.g. cardiovascular disease, are becoming a public health concern. Aim...
September 24, 2014
A poster titled “Early life environment, fertility and age of menarche: A test of life history predictions using a longitudinal assessment of adversity perception and...
September 12, 2014
More information about the New Haven Pride Block Party can be found here. More information about the Gay Fathers Project can be found here.
August 16, 2014
Erin Burke will be presenting the 2014 Yale Club of San Francisco Summer Graduate Fellowship Talk entitled ”What about gay fathers? Hormones and fatherhood in male same-sex...
May 19, 2014
The Yale Club of San Francisco has generously awarded Primary Investigator Erin Burke their second annual Summer Graduate Fellowship to conduct research in the San Francisco...
April 13, 2014
Congratulations to graduate students and YREL researchers Kendall Arslanian and Dorsa Amir, who are both 2014 recipients of the Yale Latin American & Iberian Studies...
April 1, 2014
Graduate student Dorsa Amir received an Honorable Mention in the 2013-2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program for her proposal “Bioeconomics and financial risk taking:...
January 16, 2014
Erin Burke is the recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s 2014 Roy Scrivner Research Grant to support her dissertation project “What about gay fathers?...
October 30, 2013
Led by Erin Burke, PhD student in the Yale Anthropology Department. Click here for more information on this exciting project.
October 30, 2013
We look forward to welcoming them to the Yale community in Fall of 2014.
October 29, 2013
The American Healthcare Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less is a new book by Elizabeth Bradley, Director of the Yale Global Health Initiative. Click here to learn...