Department of Anthropology
I am a human behavioral ecologist. My research focuses on a variety of questions related to reproductive decision-making and parental investment, and on understanding the social environment as a critical influence on how people negotiate life history trade-offs. I currently conduct fieldwork with the Himba in northwest Namibia and the Martu in the Western Desest of Australia. My research focuses mainly on the effect of familial and social relationships on health and well-being.
Human behavioral ecology; life history theory; reproductive ecology; maternal and child health; Australia; Namibia
In the News
- Brooke Scelza elected to the board of the AAA Evolutionary Anthropology Society – February 23, 2012
- Brooke Scelza and Joan Silk will be contributing to sessions in the Leakey Foundation’s “Female in Evolution” symposium – March 02, 2012
- Brooke Scelza’s paper in Evolutionary Anthropology on strategic female promiscuity forms the basis for a recent piece in Slate – December 05, 2013
- Brooke Scelza and colleagues’ major cross-cultural study on attitudes toward infidelity and jealousy appears in Nature Human Behaviour. – July 25, 2019