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Anthropology | Robert Quinlan

Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia
Evolutionary and Cultural Anthropology

Interest and Current Research

My main interests are in human behavioral, evolutionary and cultural ecology; medical anthropology; demography; ethnobiology; collaborative ethnographic science; cross-cultural comparison; Africa; Caribbean; field and analytical methods. I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and I was a NIH post-doctoral fellow in Human Biology at the University of Hawai’i.

My research focuses on the role of environmental influences in shaping human reproduction, livelihood, and family relations in small-scale production systems and historical populations. I am also involved in collaborative research concerning points of contact between traditional medicine and biomedicine in low-income countries.

I regularly teach Human Issues in International Development; Cultural Ecology; and graduate seminars bridging sociocultural anthropology and evolutionary ecology.

ANTH 309 Cultural Ecology
ANTH 418 Human Issues in International Development
ANTH 463 Introduction to Anthropological Demography & Epidemiology
ANTH 564 Advances in Evolution & Human Behavior
ANTH 504 Culture, Ecology & International Development

Representative Publications:

Caudell, M., Quinlan, M., Subbiah, M. Call, D., Roulette, C., Roulette, JW*, Roth, A.*, Matthews, L., and Quinlan, RJ** 2017 Antimicrobial use and veterinary care among agro-pastoralists in northern Tanzania. PloS One 12(1): e0170328. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0170328. pdf

Meehan, C. Quinlan, R. Malcom, C.* 2012 Cooperative Breeding and Maternal Energy Expenditure among Aka Foragers. American Journal of Human Biology. 25(1):42-57. pdf

Quinlan, R. & Quinlan, M. 2007. Evolutionary Ecology of Human Pair-Bonds: Cross-Cultural Tests of Alternative Hypotheses. Cross-Cultural Research 41(2):149-69. pdf

Quinlan, R. 2007. Human Parental Effort & Environmental Risk. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science. 274(1606):121-125. pdf

Quinlan, R. 2006. Gender & Risk in a Matrifocal Caribbean Community: A View from Behavioral Ecology. American Anthropologist, 108(3): 464–479. pdf



Current Students

Athar Khan


Contact Information

College Hall 219

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