Reproduction is key to evolutionary biology and varies depending on many social, environmental and genetic factors. We apply a broad array of techniques including behavioral observations of wild apes and other primates, along with hormonal, microbial and genetic analyses to study primate reproductive biology, primate behavioral ecology and human health.
Current projects include 1) microbial studies to examine the role of vaginal and gut microbes on primate diet, mating systems, evolution, and health 2) genomic studies to examine microbe-host interactions, 3) comparative primate studies to model and test variation in sexual conflict, 4) morphological studies to assess sexual dimorphism and intra-specific variation, and 5) hormonal influences on reproductive strategies, adolescent development, dispersal decisions, and reproductive function.
This interdisciplinary, integrative research has direct implications for human evolution and human health.
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