Richard Bribiescas is Professor of Anthropology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Deputy Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity. He is also a Primary Investigator in the Yale Reproductive Ecology Laboratory. His most notable research involves the evolutionary biology and endocrinology of human and comparative life histories, reproduction, aging, and metabolism. He has conducted field research among the Ache people of Paraguay as well as populations in Venezuela, Japan, Ecuador, and the United States as well as various species of non-human primates. He is presently collaborating with Professors Larry Sugiyama and Josh Snodgrass of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, as well as Professor Felicia Madimenos of the Department of Anthropology at Queen’s College CUNY on the Shuar Health and Life History Project in Ecuador.
Bribiescas received his B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology (double major) from the University of California, Los Angeles, afterwards earning an A.M. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. Prior to his position at Yale, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Reproductive Endocrine Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is author of Men: Evolutionary and Life History (Harvard University Press, 2006), a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary biology of human males which was awarded the 2007 Bronze Medal in the category of science by the Independent Book Publishers Association. In 2007 he was also awarded the Medal of 600 Years Anniversary of the Restoration of the Krakow Academy by Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, for his research in human reproductive ecology.
Professor Bribiescas serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Human Biology and the Annual Review of Anthropology. He is also Associate Editor for the journal Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. Current courses taught by Professor Bribiescas include Human Evolutionary Biology and Life History, as well as graduate seminars in behavioral endocrinology, reproductive ecology, aging, and life history theory. Google Scholar list can be found here.
How Men Age: What Evolution Reveals about Male Health and Mortality (2016). Princeton University Press
Recent Peer Reviewed Publications
Amir D, Jordan MR, & Bribiescas RG (2016) A longitudinal assessment of associations between adolescent environment, adversity perception, and economic status on fertility and age of menarche. PLoS One. 11(6): e0155883. [doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155883]
Urlacher S, Liebert M, Snodgrass J, Blackwell A, Cepon-Robins T, Gildner T, Madimenos F, Amir D, Bribiescas RG, & Sugiyama L. (2016) Heterogeneous effects of market integration on subadult growth and nutritional status among the Amazonian Shuar. Annals of Human Biology. 26:1-25. [Epub ahead of print] [doi:10.1080/03014460.2016.1192219]
Ziomkiewicz A, Sancilio A, Galbarczyk A, Klimek M, Jasienska G, & Bribiescas RG. (2016) Evidence for the cost of reproduction in humans revealed by associations between lifetime reproductive effort and oxidative stress in postmenopausal women. PLoS ONE. 11(1): e0145753. [DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0145753]
Lambert MR, Giller GSJ, Skelly DK, & Bribiescas RG (2016) Septic systems, but not sanitary sewer lines, are associated with elevated estradiol in frog metamorphs from suburban ponds. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 232:109-114. [DOI:10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.01.009]
Aronsen GP, Beuerlein M, Watts DP, & Bribiescas RG (2015) Redtail and red colobus monkeys show intersite urinary cortisol level variation in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Conservation Physiology. 3(1):1-6. [DOI:10.1093/conphys/cov006]
Amir D, Ellison PT, Hill KR & Bribiescas RG (2015) Diurnal variation in salivary cortisol across age classes in Ache Amerindian males of Paraguay. American Journal of Human Biology. 27(3):344-348. [DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22645].
Rudzik A, Breakey A, & Bribiescas RG. (2014) Oxytocin and Epstein-Barr Virus: Stress biomarkers in the postpartum period among first-time mothers from São Paulo, Brazil. American Journal of Human Biology. 26(1): 43-50. [DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22489].
Clancy KBH, Klein LD, Ziomkiewicz A, Nenko I, Jasienska G, & Bribiescas RG. (2013). Relationships between biomarkers of inflammation, ovarian steroids, and age at menarche in a rural Polish sample. American Journal of Human Biology. 25(3): 389–398. [DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22386].
Bribiescas RG, Ellison PT & Gray PB (2012) On the evolution of male life history variability and the emergence of the genus Homo: New hypotheses and perspectives. Current Anthropology. 53:S6. p S424-35. [DOI: 10.1086/667538]
Jaimez NA, Bribiescas RG, Aronsen GP, Anestis SA, & Watts DP. (2011) Urinary cortisol levels of grey cheeked mangabeys are higher in disturbed compared to undisturbed forest areas in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Animal Conservation. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2011.00508.x]