2010 - 2012 Stanford University  Postdoc in Ecological Anthropology
2006 - 2010 Harvard University Ph.D. Biological Anthropology
2004 - 2006 Harvard University A.M. Biological Anthropology
2001 - 2004  Cal Poly San Luis Obispo M.S. Computer Science with Distinction
1998  University of New Mexico Visiting student, Human Evolutionary Ecology Field School
1995 - 1999 U.C. Davis B.A. Anthropology with High Honors


2012 -  Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Yale University
2010 - 2012 Postdoc, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
2008 - 2010 Teaching Fellow, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard  University.

Grants Received

2015 - 2017 National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology Program "RAPID: Time Critical Preservation of Hadza Hunter-Gatherer Ethnographic Data" Award #1548143 (PI) $69,878.
2015 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation General Research Grant "Stone tools as digging implements: Archaeological, energetic, and biomechanical implications" (PI) $14,584.  
2014 - 2017 National Science Foundation, Biological Anthropology Program "Collaborative Research: The Evolutionary Biology and Health Consequences of Human Inactivity" Award #1440671 (PI) $19,792.
2011 - 2014 National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology Program “Individual Decisions and Emergent Aggregate Patterns: Kin Co-residence among Hadza Hunter-Gatherers” (co-PI with PI James Holland Jones): $249,600.
2006 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Pre-Doctoral Research Grant, “Male Food Production, Transfers, and Household Provisioning among Hadza Foragers”, $13,500.
2006  Wenner-Gren Foundation Research Grant, “'Male Food Production, Transfers, and Household Provisioning among Hadza Hunter-Gatherers”, $19,300.
2005 Oppenheimer African Studies Grant, Harvard University, $1,000.
1996 President's Undergraduate Research Fellowship Grant, UC Davis, $1,500.

Awards and Fellowships

2013 Best Paper by a New Investigator Award, Evolutionary Anthropology Society, $250.
2009 Best Paper by a Student Award, Evolutionary Anthropology Society, $250.
2009 Dissertation Award, Harvard Committee on African Studies, $4,500.
2009 Oppenheimer Graduate Fellowship, Harvard Committee on African Studies,$13,500.
2009 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard GSAS $13,500.
2001 - 2004 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, $30-$35,000/year.
1999 Phi Beta Kappa.
1999 University President's Fulmore Scholarship, UC Davis, $3,000.
1998 University President's Fulmore Scholarship, UC Davis, $3,000.
1998 Undergraduate Research Award, Institute of Government Affairs, UC Davis, $1,000.
1996 Edward Frank Kraft Scholarship Prize for freshmen, UC Davis, $250.


In review

Wood, B., and Hughes, R. "Food energy affordability and energy density in an American supermarket"

In press

Wood, B., and Gilby, I. "Pan the hunter: Hunting by humans, chimpanzees, and our common ancestor" In review for inclusion in edited volume to be published by Harvard University Press.


Wood, B., Watts, D., Mitani, J., Langergraber, K., “Favorable ecological circumstances promote life expectancy in chimpanzees similar to that of human hunter-gatherers”. Journal of Human Evolution. 105:41-56. 


Raichlen, D., Pontzer, H., Harris, J., Mabulla, A., Marlowe, F., Snodgrass, J., Berbesque, C., Sancilio, A., and Wood, B. "Physical activity patterns and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk in hunter-gatherers". American Journal of Human Biology 10.1002/ajhb.22919

Yetesh, G., Kaplan, H., Gurven, M., Wood, B., Pontzer, H., Manger, P., Wilson, C., McGregor, R., Siegel, J. "Response to de la Iglesia et al." Current Biology, 26 (7) 273-274.

Berbesque, J.C., Wood, B., Crittenden, A., Mabulla, A., and Marlowe, F. “Eat first, share later: Hadza Hunter-gatherer men consume more while foraging than in central placesEvolution and Human Behavior doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2016.01.003.

Buck. L., Berbesque, C., Wood, B., and Stringer, C. "Tropical forager gastrophagy and its implications for extinct hominin diets". Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 5, 672-679.

Cavanagh, T., Berbesque, J. C., Wood, B., & Marlowe, F. "Hadza handedness: lateralised behaviours in a contemporary hunter-gatherer population". Evolution and Human Behavior. 37: 202-209.


Wood, B. and Jones, J. "Pursuit: A foraging simulation tool for research and teaching" Evolutionary Psychology, 13(4) 1-6.

Yetesh, G., Kaplan, H., Gurven, M., Wood, B., Pontzer, H., Manger, P., Wilson, C., McGregor, R., Siegel, J. "Natural Sleep and Its Seasonal Variations in Three Pre-Industrial Populations" Current Biology. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.09.046.

Pontzer, H., Raichlen, D., Wood, B., Emery Thompson, M., Racette, S., Mabulla, A., Marlowe, F., "Energy expenditure and activity among Hadza hunter‐gatherers" American Journal of Human Biology DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22711.


Wood, B., and Marlowe, F. "Toward a reality-based understanding of Hadza men's work: A response to Hawkes et al. (2014)" Human Nature 25(4) 620-630.

Wood, B., Pontzer, H., Raichlen, D, and Marlowe, F. “Mutualism and manipulation in Hadza-Honeyguide interactionsEvolution and Human Behavior 35(6) 540-546.

Hill, K., Wood, B., Baggio, J., Hurtado, A.M., Boyd, R. “Hunter-gatherer inter-band interaction rates: Implications for cumulative culturePLoS ONE 9(7): e102806.

Pontzer, H., Suchman, K., Raichlen, D., Wood, B., Mabulla, A., Marlowe, F.“Foot strike patterns and hind limb joint angles during running in Hadza hunter-gatherers" Journal of Sport and Health Science 3(2) 95-101.

Marlowe, F., Berbesque, J., Wood, B., Crittenden, A., Porter, C., Mabulla, A. “Honey, hunter-gatherers, and human evolutionJournal of Human Evolution 71, 119-128.

Pontzer, H., Raichlen, D., Gordon, A., Schroeper-Walker, K., Hare, B., Dunsworth, H., Wood, B., Isler, K., Bukart, J., Irwin, M., Shumaker, R., Lonsdorf, E., Ross, S. “Primate energy expenditure and life history Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 111(4), 1433-1437.


Raichlen, D., Wood, B., Gordon, A., Mabulla, A., Marlowe, F., Pontzer, H. “Evidence of Lévy walk foraging patterns in human hunter–gatherers Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 111(2) 728-733.

Wood, B., and Marlowe, F. “Household and kin provisioning by Hadza men”, Human Nature 24: 280-317.


Pontzer, H., Raichlen, D., Wood, B., Mabulla, A., Racette, S., & Marlowe, F. “Hunter-gatherer energetics and human obesity”. PLoS ONE7(7), e40503.

Cashdan, E., Marlowe, F., Crittenden, A., Porter, C., Wood, B. “Sex differences in spatial cognition among Hadza foragersEvolution and Human Behavior 33:274-284.


Wood, B. and Marlowe, F. “Dynamics of post-marital residence among the Hadza: A kin investment model”. Human Nature 22: 128-138.

Hill, Kim, Walker, R., Božičevic, M., Eder, J., Headland, T., Hewlett, B., Hurtado, A.M., Marlowe, F., Wiessner, P., Wood, B. “Co-Residence patterns in hunter-gatherer societies show unique human social structure”. Science. 331:1286-1289. 


Mallol, C., Marlowe, F., Wood, B., Porter, C., and Bar-Yosef, O. (2007) “Earth, wind, and fire: Archeological signals of Hadza firesJournal of Archaeological Science 34 (12): 2035-2052.


Wood, B. “Prestige or provisioning? A test of foraging goals among the HadzaCurrent Anthropology 47(2): 383-387.

Wood, B., and Wood, Z. “Energetically optimal travel across terrain: visualizations and a new metric of geographic distance with anthropological applicationsProceedings of SPIE Electronic Imaging, volume 6060.


Wood, B., and Hill, K. “A test of the ‘showing-off' hypothesis with Ache huntersCurrent Anthropology 41(1): 124-125.