Department of Anthropology,
Boise State University
I am an evolutionary anthropologist and human behavioral ecologist. My research examines the ways that evolutionary and ecological forces have shaped modern human variation, with a particular focus on how kin cooperation and conflict influences reproduction, education, mental health, and menopause. I am also interested in the interplay of family dynamics and one's hormonal profile.
I utilize life history theory to examine decision making and understand trade-offs. To examine these research questions, I conduct fieldwork, typically interviewing respondents, or utilize existing large-scale demographic datasets. I have conducted interviews in San Borja, Bolivia, Huatasani, Peru, and Boise, Idaho. I also analyze salivary cortisol to examine how hormonal profiles may correlate with behavioral and educational outcomes.