The Reproductive Ecology lab conducts research on human physiology and life history evolution, particularly reproductive physiology and the regulation of reproductive effort, a field that has become known as reproductive ecology. The research group developed methods for non-invasive monitoring of reproductive hormones in the early 1980's and introduced these techniques into field investigations of human reproductive ecology around the globe. They have demonstrated the sensitivity of female ovarian function to changing maternal energetic conditions, variation in the pattern of male gonadal function with age across different populations, and variation in male testosterone with mating and parenthood status.
Current research interests in the lab include linkages between energy metabolism and reproductive physiology in men and women, adolescent maturation, early determinants of reproductive function and reproductive behavior, linkages between psychological, cognitive, and reproductive factors, linkages between reproductive ecology and reproductive behavior, and the health consequences of reproductive responses to lifestyle and environmental conditions.
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