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Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

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. 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. We have also developed new methods for phylogenetic comparative analyses, for modeling phenotypic integration, and for evolutionary quantitative genetics

Selected Published Articles

  • Martin JS, Ringen EJ, Duda P, Jaeggi AV. (2020) Harsh environments promote alloparental care across human societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287:20200758
  • Ringen ER, Duda P, Jaeggi AV. (2019). The evolution of daily food sharing: A Bayesian phylogenetic analysis. Evolution and Human Behavior 40:375-384
  • Minocher R, Duda P, Jaeggi AV. (2019). 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 40:176-187
  • 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 280:20131615.