The Reproductive Ecology Laboratory conducts research on human physiology and life history evolution, particularly reproductive physiology and the regulation of reproductive effort, a field that has become known as reproductive ecology.  

Our research group developed methods for noninvasive monitoring of reproductive hormones in the early 1980's and introduced these techniques into field investigations of human reproductive ecology around the globe.  

We have demonstrated the sensitivity of female ovarian function to changing maternal energetic conditions, variation in the pattern of male gonadal function with age across different populations, and variation in male testosterone with mating and parenthood status.

Currently our research interests include linkages between energy metabolism and reproductive physiology in men and women, adolescent maturation, early determinants of reproductive function and reproductive behavior, linkages between psychological, cognitive, and reproductive factors, linkages between reproductive ecology and reproductive behavior, and the health consequences of reproductive responses to lifestyle and environmental conditions.


Reproductive Ecology Laboratory

Peter T. Ellison, PI
Susan F. Lipson, Lab Director

Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
Peabody Museum
Harvard University
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA   02138

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