Phylogenetic comparative analyses and meta-analyses

Summary of Research

We use modern statistical methods such as Bayesian multilevel modeling to conduct comparative phylogenetic analyses and meta-analyses on a variety of topics. The goals are to both push new statistical approaches and to synthesize and extend prior research. Specific studies have meta-analyzed food sharing, male status, life-history priming, or maternal effects on the HPA-axis. Recent phylogenetic analyses focus on the global ethnographic record using new supertrees of human populations, and topics such as marriage, food sharing, or allomaternal care.

Selected Published Articles

  • Minocher R, Duda P, Jaeggi AV. (2018). Explaining marriage patterns in a globally representative sample through socioecology and population history: A Bayesian phylogenetic analysis using a new supertree of human populations. Evolution and Human Behavior.
  • Thayer ZM, Wilson MA, Kim AW, Jaeggi AV. (2018). Impact of prenatal stress on offspring glucocorticoid levels: A phylogenetic meta-analysis across 14 vertebrate species. Scientific Reports 8:4942.
  • Von Rueden CR, Jaeggi AV (2016) Men's status and reproductive success in 33 non-industrial societies: effects of subsistence, marriage system and reproductive strategy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113:10824-10829.
  • Jaeggi AV, Gurven M (2013) Reciprocity explains food sharing in humans and other primates independent of kin selection and tolerated scrounging: A phylogenetic meta-analysis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences 280:20131615.