Sex, Love, & War: The Evolution of Human Behavior
Human Evolutionary Biology 1329 (Fall ’12)

This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the behavioral ecology of human from an evolutionary perspective. Here we will survey behavioral diversity and consistency across human societies. Moreover, we will gain insights into the evolution of human behavior by exploring the social dynamics of non-human primates. Topics to be covered include cooperation and reciprocal altruism, aggression and warfare, dominance and hierarchy, mating and pair-bonds, parenting, social learning, language and religion.


Evolutionary Human Physiology and Anatomy
Life Sciences 2 (Fall ’12)

Why is the human body the way that it is? This course explores human anatomy and physiology from an integrated framework, combining functional, comparative, and evolutionary perspectives on how organisms work. Major topics, which follow a life-course framework, include embryogenesis, metabolism and energetics, growth and development, movement and locomotion, food and digestion, stress and disease, and reproduction. Also considered is the relevance of human biology to contemporary issues in human health and biology.


The Neurobiology of Sociality: Seminar
Human Evolutionary Biology 1416 (Spr ‘12)

Recent research has illuminated the neural mechanisms underpinning sociality and social behavior in humans and other animals. In this seminar we will discuss publications that address modifications to neural structure and function as a result of behavioral specializations among taxa in relation to their social complexity or among individuals within species as a function of their social condition. This course will emphasize the value of approaching neurobiology from an evolutionary perspective and understanding the selective pressures that have shaped our mind, brain, and behavior.

Building Babies: Developmental Trajectories from Conception to Weaning
Human Evolutionary Biology 1500 (Spr ‘12)

Research on human and non-human primate developmental trajectories has grown exponentially among numerous disciplines including evolutionary anthropology, psychobiology, nutrition, behavioral biology, and neuroscience. The course will cover the mechanisms, function, and evolution of human and non-human primate development from conception through pregnancy and lactation. Areas of development to be included will be somatic growth, immunology, behavioral/social interactions, neurobiology/cognition/learning, and metabolic processes.