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Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael Gurven's lab is a motivated group of graduate students, postdocs, and undergrads studying diverse topics within evolutionary anthropology. Current emphases include acculturation and diabetes/cardiovascular disease, role of pathogens and immune function in chronic disease risk, social capital and women's autonomy, reproductive decision-making and fertility transitions, kin investment and the function of post-reproductive lifespan, adaptive logic of infant feeding practices, personality evolution, cooperation and altruism, human-chimpanzee life history comparisons, outgroup psychology and evolution of tolerance, and hormone-behavior interactions.


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    Professor of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara