Research in HEB on human and non-human physiology integrates field, laboratory, experimental, mathematical, and theoretical approaches to understanding the physiology of living humans and non-human primates in all their diversity.

Major topics of current research include:

  • The physiological integration of metabolism and reproduction
  • Interactions and trade-offs between growth, reproduction, and immune function
  • Comparative studies of patterns of physical activity in children 
  • Life history variation and the evolution of life history strategies
  • Pooled energy budgets and human evolution
  • Energetic constraints on gestation
  • Energetics and life history transitions
  • Health impacts of the human and non-human primate microbiomes
  • Host-microbial interactions in energy gain and utilization

  • Behavioral strategies to manipulate dietary energy gain

  • Isotopic fractionation in the human gut