Undergraduate Research

This is an exciting time to tackle questions of how evolution made us human. Research in HEB provides you the opportunity to learn and contribute. HEB faculty lead projects spanning a spectrum of interests and methods, including fieldwork studying diverse societies or African apes, laboratory-based work on endocrinology, genetics, comparative neuroscience, anatomy, the microbiota and nutrition, and computationally intensive projects on genomics and cultural evolution.

Examples of HEB research include:

  • human and primate nutrition
  • comparative neuroscience
  • reproductive and behavioral endocrinology
  • cultural evolution
  • evolutionary genetics and phylogenetics
  • human anatomy and biomechanics
  • primatology
  • paleoanthropology
  • human behavioral ecology


Learn More About HEB's Labs & The Questions They Ask: 


  • Health and Nutrition: What kind of diet is best for human health? How does our microbiome affect how much energy we have?
  • Comparative Neuroscience: Why do we have such big brains?
  • Reproductive and Behavioral Endocrinology: How do hormones shape our behavior, health, and gender? 
  • Cultural Evolution: How can evolutionary theory help us understand cultural universals like religion?
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Phylogenetics: How do humans vary in their DNA? What are the changes in DNA that made us uniquely human, and that can help explain patterns of human disease? 
  • Human Anatomy and Biomechanics: Are we adapted for running? How did humans manage to walk upright?
  • Primatology: What can our closest primate relatives tell us about the origins of human bodies and behaviors?
  • Human Behavior: What are the evolutionary pressures that led to our behavioral adaptations?
  • Evolutionary Medicine: How can we understand health and disease as adaptive responses to our modern environment?