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Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

Adrian Jäggi

Adrian Jäggi, Prof. Dr.

  • Vice Director of the Institute
  • Head Human Ecology Group
+41 44 635 05 40 (Room Y42 G82)


  • Since 2019: Assistant Professor, Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich
  • 2016-2018: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Emory University
  • 2011-2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara
  • 2010: Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology, University of Zurich


I am a biological anthropologist interested in the evolution and ecology of human behavior and its biological bases. I have conducted research on several primate species as well as on a small-scale society, the Tsimane’ of Bolivia. In addition to empirical field work, I use comparative phylogenetic methods to test the generality of socio-ecological factors explaining variation within and between species.

Research specializations

  • Primate and human behavioral ecology
  • Evolution of cooperation
  • Socio-endocrinology
  • Life-history theory
  • Comparative phylogenetic methods
  • Bayesian statistics