I am interested in taking graduate students- and Yale has a great anthropology PhD program. Please contact me if interested.
My general research interest is the study of humans in evolutionary and ecological context. My research program focuses on testing ideas about how people acquire and distribute food, social organization and demography, patterns of physical activity, energy use, and space use. I also carry out research investigating the function of Acheulean stone tools, a particularly important ancient technology.
My publications provide examples of research spanning these topics.
Research into human behavior and culture requires a deft mixing of qualitative and quantitative analyses that pay attention to a wide array of data sources, and an open mind about how evolutionary processes shape human experience. I am interested in advising students who might have backgrounds in scientific anthropology, but I am also interested in students with backgrounds in other social or behavioral sciences. Students would be encouraged to develop a field-work based PhD project.
Biological Anthropology at Yale
The biological anthropology program at Yale has been growing, and is a vibrant subfield in the Anthropology Department.
Faculty: We are currently seven biological anthropology faculty, whose research addresses relationships among evolutionary history, ecology, physiology, morphology, behavior, social organization, and culture. Theoretically, our work spans many subdisciplines within biological anthropology, including behavioral ecology, reproductive ecology, bio-cultural dimensions of conflict and resilience, analyses of humanitarian interventions, paleontology, systematics, life- history, mating and parenting strategies, and evolutionary demography. Also, our department is in the process of hiring an anthropological geneticist and anticipates being able to hire a paleoanthropologist to start in 2017/18.
Graduate students: There are currently 12 PhD students in the program at various stages of completing their PhD.
Facilities: Yale has a wide range of laboratory facilities to enable biological anthropology research. These include laboratories equipped for studies of evolutionary morphology, anthropological genetics, reproductive ecology and endocrinology, stress and family resilience, remote sensing, GIS, and bioinformatics. We also offer research access to the collections housed at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Biological anthropology faculty conduct field research at sites in Montana, Argentina, Ecuador, Jordan, Samoa, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Uganda and provide research opportunities and facilities for students at all of these sites.
The PhD program: PhD students in biological anthropology are expected to complete their PhDs in six years. The first two years of the program focus on coursework, and the later four upon the formulation, execution, and writing up of their PhD thesis project. PhD students also gain experience working as teaching fellows during the middle years of the program. More information is available online.
Funding: PhD students in biological anthropology receive five years of full support. PhD students are also eligible for generous research funding from the Anthropology Department and other sources at Yale (e.g., The Yale Center for Biospheric Sciences, the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies), including funds for preliminary dissertation work in the first two years. Much of this funding is also guaranteed to qualified applicants. Information about Departmental funds and other sources of support from Yale can be found on the appropriate university websites. Students are also expected to apply for external research funding from agencies and foundations.
Applying to the Program: If you are interested in studying with me, you are encouraged to contact me, and after reading the profiles of other biological anthropology faculty at Yale, also consider contacting those faculty in our department whose research interests converge with yours.