Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of fall quarter 2020, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page. 

Human Behavioral Ecology

The evolutionary study of human behavior examines how we make decisions in response to ecological and cultural conditions, and how these strategies themselves change the environments we inhabit.

We run an integrative lab group that combines theoretical tools from human behavioral ecology and cultural evolution. Members use mixed methods, including mathematical modeling, ethnography and experiments. Students and faculty work at sites all over the world to explore issues in demography, social organization, cooperation, natural resource management, and identity, and how these are patterned ecologically, geographically and historically.