Faculty, Lecturers & College Fellows
THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Research interests: My lab's research is on identifying the DNA changes underlying human and non-human primate biological adaptations. In the process of identifying these changes, we seek to reveal basic developmental and genetic mechanisms governing biological trait formation and inheritance as well as their influence on disease risk. In the lab, we use a variety of tools spanning developmental biology, genetics, genomics, comparative biology, and primate/human evolution. Currently, we are focusing on two specific areas: 1) the discovery of the genetic alterations that determine the unique human post-cranial skeleton; and 2) the elucidation of the genetic and developmental architecture underlying the diversity of joint types in primates.
Research Interests: reproductive ecology, endrocrinology, human evolutionary biology.Back to Top
Research Interests: "Parent-offspring conflict, sex-biased investment, life history tradeoffs, effects of maternal and environmental conditions on milk production (composition and yield) and the relationship between mother's milk and infant characteristics in macaques. Future research directions include exploring the genetic and epigenetic determinants of milk production and the consequences for infant growth, metabolism, and behavior. Back to Top
Research interests: How and why the human body looks the way it does (functional, developmental and evolutionary anatomy of the skull and postcranium).
Research interests: paleoanthropology, hominoid evolution, anatomy, paleoecology; Africa and Asia .
Professor, Affiliate in the Dept. of OEB, Harvard College Professor
Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Director of Graduate Studies 2014 - 2015
Peabody Museum 54A | (617) 495-3576 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website
Research interests:human molecular adaptations, detection of selection in primates, evolution of genes related to pregnancy/reproduction, evolution of gene for human athletic abilities, natural selection on networks and gene pathways.
Research Interests: Evolution of human growth and development, paleoanthropology, primate dental evolution and development.
Research interests: Application of biogeochemical techniques, including immunology and mass spectrometry, to archaeological questions. Ancient DNA and DNA damage. Human impacts on the land, paleodiet, migration and seasonality.
Research interests: primate behavior and ecology, human ecology, evolutionary biology
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, FAS Center for Systems Biology
Rachel Carmody is expected to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2016.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Department of Economics
University of British Columbia
Co-Director of the Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture Centre (HECC)
Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition and Coevolution (Tier 1)
Joseph Henrich is expected to join the faculty as a Professor in 2015.
Research interests: Evolutionary approaches to psychology, decision-making, and culture with an emphasis on the cognition foundations of cultural learning. Culture-gene coevolution, human sociality, prestige, leadership, and large-scale cooperation. Economic behavior and the emergence of complex human institutions and societies. Cultural and evolutionary origins of faith and religion, and its relationship to cooperation and societal complexity. Methodological integrations of ethnography and experiments. Area interests in Amazonia, rural Chile, and Fiji.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychology, Yale University
Alexandra Rosati is expected to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2015.
Research interests: My research explores the evolutionary origins of human cognition. I compare how humans and other primates solve problems in order to understand what cognitive capacities are unique to humans, as well as how these capacities emerged. I integrate experimental methods from psychology aimed at teasing apart the mechanisms supporting behavior, with theoretical ideas from biology concerning the evolutionary function of different skills. My current research interests include decision-making, spatial memory, species- and individual-variation in cognition, and comparative cognitive development across the lifespan.
Professor, Harvard Medical School
Lecturer, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies
Peabody Museum 52F | (617) 496-3809
Research Interests: Behavioral Endocrinology and evolution of sex differences in humans (physiology, behavior and cognition).
Lecturers & College Fellows
Lecturer, Director, Paleoanthropology Lab
Peabody Museum 40C | (617) 495-3720
Research interests: primate evolution, paleontology, geology, paleoenvironments, Miocene hominoids; Parkistan, Southwestern America.
Peabody Museum Rm. 56G | (617) 495-1679
Research Interests: Great ape and human life history evolution (especially adolescence and the post-reproductive lifespan); reproductive and behavioral endocrinology; stress.
Lecturer, Allston Burr Resident Dean, Quincy
Email: email@example.com | (617) 495-2286
Research interests: Reproductive ecology.
Lecturer, Senior Researcher, Reproductive Ecology Lab
Peabody Museum 56D | (617) 496-1038
Research interests: human behavioral and reproductive endocrinology, reproductive ecology.
Research interests: the evolution of male-female social relationships in primates, examining the function of such relationships and how they are formed and maintained.
Research interests: non-human primate development; proximate and ultimate causes of sex-typed behavior.
Research interests: The applications of stable isotope ratio measurements for bioarchaeology and low-temperature geochemistry.
Research interests: The interaction between body shape and individual kinematics in the control of frontal plane balance of the body during walking and running.
Research interests: Food processing techniques and their effects on hominid biology; specifically the effects of cooking on masticatory force production, bioavailability of nutrients, and skull and dental growth.