Jonathan Stieglitz

Assistant Professor
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

Program Director of Anthropology
Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse


My research aims to understand how ecological and social factors interact to influence human health. Specifically, my research addresses three questions: 1) Why do families form and function the way they do? 2) How does variability in family functioning affect health and well-being of household members? and 3) Why and how do social relationships (family and other) interact with local ecology to influence health over the life course? To address these 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 received my PhD in Anthropology (Human Evolutionary Ecology) from the University of New Mexico. Since 2004 I have conducted integrated bio-behavioral research as part of the Tsimane Health and Life History Project