Jonathan Stieglitz

Research Fellow
Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
University of Toulouse 1: Capitole

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of New Mexico


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.


  • Blackwell A, Urlacher S, Beheim B, von Rueden C, Jaeggi A, Stieglitz J, Trumble B, Gurven M, Kaplan H. (Forthcoming). Growth references for Tsimane forager-horticulturalists of the Bolivian Amazon. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Gurven M, Trumble B, Stieglitz J, Blackwell A, Michalik D, Finch C, Kaplan H. (Forthcoming). Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in evolutionary perspective: A critical role for helminths? Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health.