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Our goal is to capitalize on major theoretical growth in the field of evolutionary biology – specifically evolutionary ecology. This has been filtering into the social sciences since the late 1980s, but has had limited impact on the field of demography. Our focus is on the role of kin in shaping fertility (numbers and timing of offspring) and parental investment decisions, in life course analyses, and on the cues and processes of demographic transitions. Our particular objective is to establish a comparative data base that collaborators can use to test evolutionary predictions for human demographic variation, particularly in small scale communities. Such a database requires calibrations of measures of fertility, parental investment, kin interactions, and ecological variation.
International Seminar on Lifespan Extension and the Biology of Changing Cause-of-Death Profiles: Evolutionary and Epidemiological Perspectives
Rauischholzhausen, Germany, 13-15 January 2011
International Seminar on Trade-offs in Female Life Histories: Raising New Questions in an Integrative Framework
Bristol, United Kingdom, 23-25 July 2008
IUSSP Seminar on the Ecology of the Male Life Course.
Rauischholzhausen, Germany, 10-12 October 2006
Session on Evolutionary Ecology, Kinship and Reproduction at the International Population Conference at Tours (July 18-23, 2005).
This session addressed how and why the costs of child production and child rearing are subsidized by different categories of kin, and how this differs between populations.
Side meeting at the International Population Conference at Tours (July 18-23, 2005) to discuss the feasibility of using meta-analytical methods to conduct comparative analyses of the determinants of fertility and mortality, and to run a workshop in the collection of comparative data on the life course.