MU Life Sciences and Society Program
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, Rembrandt; Mauritshuis, The Hague
Life Sciences and Society Program
105h Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Email: lssp@missouri.edu
Phone: (573) 884-6883
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, Rembrandt; Mauritshuis, The Hague
Life Sciences and Society Program
105h Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Email: lssp@missouri.edu
Phone: (573) 884-6883

Research


Faculty from many MU departments and programs are engaged in crucial research on the ethics, history, policy, economics, law, sociology, and media coverage concerning the life sciences, as well as on the social manifestations of the human status as an organism. The Life Sciences & Society Program seeks to enhance the value and scope of such research on campus by making connections across disciplines.

While many of the publications in LSSP fields are interdisciplinary, our list of recent publications below is organized by the home department of the authors.


Anthropology


Hamilton, M. J., B. T. Milne, R. S. Walker, O. Burger, and J. H. Brown (2007) The complex structure of hunter-gatherer social networks. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274:2195-2202.
Hamilton, M. J., B. T. Milne, R. S. Walker, and J. H. Brown (2007) Nonlinear scaling of space use in human hunter-gatherers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 104:4765-4769.
Walker, R. S., M. Gurven, K. Hill, A. Migliano, N. Chagnon, R. De Souza, G. Djurovic, R. Hames, A. M. Hurtado, H. Kaplan, K. Kramer, W. J. Oliver, C. Valeggia, and T. Yamauchi (2006) Growth rates and life histories in twenty-two small-scale societies. American Journal of Human Biology 18:295-311 (feature article).
Shenk, Mary K., M. Borgerhoff Mulder, J. Beise, G. Clark, W. Irons, D. Leonetti, B.S. Low, S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, and P. Piraino. 2010. Intergenerational Wealth Transmission among Agriculturalists: Foundations of Agrarian Inequality. In press, Current Anthropology.
Smith, E.A., M. Borgerhoff Mulder, S. Bowles, M. Gurven, T. Hertz, and Mary K. Shenk. 2010. Production Systems, Inheritance and Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies: Conclusions. In press, Current Anthropology.
Borgerhoff Mulder, M., S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, J. Beise, G. Clark, I. Fazzio, M. Gurven, K. Hill, P.L. Hooper, W. Irons, H. Kaplan, D. Leonetti, B.S. Low, F. Marlowe, S. Naidu, D. Nolin, P. Piraino, R. Quinlan, R. Sear, Mary K. Shenk, E.A. Smith, and P. Wiessner. 2009. Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth and Dynamics of Inequality in Pre-Modern Societies. In press, Science.
Shenk, Mary K. 2009. Testing Three Evolutionary Models of the Demographic Transition: Changes in Fertility and Age at Marriage in Urban South India. American Journal of Human Biology 21:501-511.
Shenk, Mary K. 2007. Dowry and Public Policy in Contemporary India: The Behavioral Ecology of a Social ???Evil.??? Human Nature 18(2):242-263.
Shenk, Mary K. 2005. Kin Networks in Wage-Labor Economies: Effects on Child and Marriage Market Outcomes. Human Nature 16:81-114.
Shenk, Mary K. 2004. Embodied Capital and Heritable Wealth in Complex Cultures: A Class-Based Analysis of Parental Investment in Urban South India. Research in Economic Anthropology 23:307-333 (special issue on Socioeconomic Aspects of Human Behavioral Ecology).
Hamilton, M. J., O. Burger, J. P. DeLong, O. Burger, R. S. Walker, M. Moses, and J. H. Brown (2009) Population stability, cooperation and the invasibility of the human species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 106: 12255-12260.
Walker, R. S., M. Gurven, O. Burger, and M. J. Hamilton (2008) The trade-off between number and size of offspring in humans and other primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275:827-833.
Walker, R. S. and M. J. Hamilton (2008) Life history consequences of density dependence and the evolution of human body sizes. Current Anthropology 49:115-122.