Conservation medicine, travel health, and primate-based tourism

Ecotourism activities should attempt to educate visitors while minimizing modification or degradation of natural resources and broadly benefit the social and natural environments by involving the participation of local communities. However, rapid, unmonitored development of ecotourism projects in protected areas can produce deleterious effects on the very species we wish to conserve. Zoonotic (nonhuman animal… Read More

Evolutionary endocrinology and ecological Immunology

Hormones and infectious diseases underpin most aspects of our research. We maintain both field- and laboratory-based research projects that build upon one another in an effort to identify logical direction in research on fundamental questions regarding the physiologies and behaviors of humans, monkeys and apes, with particular focus on explicating the proximate and ultimate causes… Read More

Psychoneuroimmunology

It is known that infectious diseases are able to influence the behavior of humans and other animals. Of particular interest is the phenomenon of “sickness behavior,” which has been well studied in animals. Briefly, sick animals exhibit organized changes across a variety of behaviors: they become anhedonic, exhibit depression and reduced food intake, and reduce… Read More

Assay development

Results based on immune assays currently popular in human evolutionary biology (e.g., secretory IgA from saliva, neopterin and beta-2 microglobulin from urine, c-reactive protein and Epstein-Barr virus antibodies from blood spots, etc.) are difficult to interpret because they represent non-specific markers of general inflammation that can also be elevated for a variety of other reasons,… Read More

Evolutionary medicine advocacy

Many educators have argued long for the inclusion of evolutionary biology in health education. But despite decades of research illustrating the relevance of evolutionary biology in understanding health and disease, evolutionary medicine has yet to be incorporated in most health curricula. Arguably the biggest obstacle has been in determining where and when in the education… Read More