Dr Rebecca Sear
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Rebecca's background is interdisciplinary: after an education in Zoology (BSc, Nottingham University), Statistics (Diploma, University College London) and Biological Anthropology (MSc and PhD, Unversity College London), she taught demography at the London School of Economics for 8 years before becoming a Reader in Evolutionary Anthropology at Durham University. She took up her current post as Reader in Population and Health at LSHTM in April 2012, and now heads the Evolutionary Demography Group.
Rebecca's research interests lie in human behavioural ecology and evolutionary demography, mainly focused in two areas: investigating the impact of kin on reproductive outcomes and examining interactions between health and reproduction. Initially her research was based in sub-Saharan Africa, but she is now interested in comparative work, testing the same hypotheses in a variety of ecological settings to establish their ecological variability. A recent major research project was a European Research Council funded project 'Family matters: intergenerational influences on fertility', which aimed to test the influence of kin on fertility across a range of populations, using both small-scale datasets from traditional susbsistence populations and large-scale, nationally representative demographic datasets.
- Child health
Beyond the nuclear family: an evolutionary perspective on parenting
Current Opinion in Psychology, 2016; 7:98-103
Grandparental help in Indonesia is directed preferentially towards needier descendants: A potential confounder when exploring grandparental influences on child health.
Snopkowski, K. ; Sear, R. ;
Soc Sci Med, 2015; 128C:105-114
Evolutionary contributions to the study of human fertility.
Sear, R. ;
Popul Stud (Camb), 2015; 69 Suppl 1:S39-55
Evolutionary Demography: A Darwinian Renaissance in Demography
in 'International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition)' Wright, James D.(2015) Elsevier (Oxford) :406-412
Intergenerational conflicts may help explain parental absence effects on reproductive timing: a model of age at first birth in humans.
Moya, C. ; Sear, R. ;
PeerJ, 2014; 2:e512
Kin influences on fertility in Thailand: Effects and mechanisms
Snopkowski, K.; Sear, R.
Evolution and Human Behavior, 2013; 34(2):130-138
Human behavioral ecology: current research and future prospects
Nettle, D.; Gibson, M. A.; Lawson, D. W.; Sear, R.
Behavioral Ecology, 2013; 24(5):1031-1040
How much does family matter? Cooperative breeding and the demographic transition
Sear, R.; Coall, D.A.
Population and Development Review, 2011; 37(Supplement s1):81-112
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