Research Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of New Mexico
I am a human behavioral ecologist specializing in life history theory and indigenous public health. My research explores the relationships between resource use, sociality, health and family dynamics among subsistence-level peoples in the early stages of demographic and epidemiological transition. Another main research area is human life history evolution.
I collaborate on the Tsimane
Health and Life History Project (www.unm.edu/~tsimane). The
project aims to study growth, senescence, demography, economics and health
under conditions representative of human evolutionary history, such as high pathogen load, food stress, high energetic
expenditure, high parity, and kin-based
residence with extensive food sharing within and across generations.
- Stieglitz, J., Kaplan, H., Schniter, E., von Rueden, C., and Gurven, M. (Revision under review). Reduced functional status and social conflict increase risk of depression in later adulthood among Bolivian forager-farmers. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
- Stieglitz, J., Blackwell, A., Quispe Gutierrez, R., Cortez Linares, E., Gurven, M., and Kaplan, H. (2012). Modernization, sexual risk-taking, and gynecological morbidity among Bolivian forager-horticulturalists. PLoS ONE 7(12):e50384.
- Vasunilashorn, S., Finch, C., Crimmins, E., Vikman, S., Stieglitz, J., Gurven, M., Kaplan, H.,and Allayee, H. (2011). Inflammatory gene variants in the Tsimane, an indigenous Bolivian population with a high infectious load. Biodemography and Social Biology 57:33-52.
- Kaplan, H., Gurven, M., Winking, J., Hooper, P.L., and Stieglitz, J. (2010). Learning, menopause, and the human adaptive complex. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1204:30-42.