Exploring the rules of life through a metabolic lens


"the struggle for existence is a struggle for free energy.” - Boltzmann (1886)

I am trained as an interdisciplinary evolutionary & macro-ecologist. My research uses energetic and scaling theory to motivate hypotheses that can be evaluated with field studies and/or the compilation and analysis of large-scale datasets. My teaching and research aim to: i) uncover the fundamental currencies and general principles of behavior, ecology, and biodiversity, and ii) to use these macroecological “laws” as a framework to address practical issues in human and ecosystem health, biodiversity conservation, and sustainability.

Check out my research and publications for more about what I study.


Robbie Burger, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Duke University Population Research Institute

Gross Hall #259, 140 Science Drive

Durham, NC 27708-0989

Curriculum vitae

Teaching: Syllabus for Biol 490. Advanced Topics: Human Evolutionary Ecology (Fall 2017 at UNC-Chapel Hill)

Alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides)

Los Lagos region of Chile

North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) along the Alaska-Canadian Highway.