Jonathan Stieglitz

Assistant Professor
Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST)
University of Toulouse 1: Capitole

IAST Program Director of Anthropology


My research explores how ecological and social factors affect variability in behavior, psychology, and physiology in small-scale societies. To address research questions I use principles from behavioral ecology and life history theory, which attempt to explain modern human variation as an adaptive response to trade-offs between investments in competing demands.

I collaborate on the Tsimane Health and Life History Project ( The project aims to study growth, senescence, demography, economics and health under conditions representative of human evolutionary history.


  • Trumble B, Stieglitz J, Blackwell A, Allayee H, Beheim B, Finch C, Gurven M, Kaplan H. (Forthcoming). Apolipoprotein E4 is associated with improved cognitive function in Amazonian forager-horticulturalists with a high parasite burden. FASEB-J. doi: 10.1096/fj.201601084R
  • Gurven M, Stieglitz J, Trumble B, Blackwell A, Beheim B, Davis H, Hooper P, Kaplan H. (Forthcoming). The Tsimane Health and Life History Project: integrating anthropology and biomedicine. Evolutionary Anthropology.