Biological Demography of Primate Species


CPHA's new emergent strength in biodemography is the comparative study of social determinants in both human and nonhuman primate populations. A key research focus is the relationship between Aging and external social factors in both of these populations. CPHA researchers examine how external social factors, such as population hierarchies and social connectivity, influence relative longevity and physiological conditions such as inflammation.

Prominent research in the biodemography of primate populations includes:

Key collaborative initiatives that have emerged to further work in this area are:


Jenny Tung, Evolutionary Anthropology, Discusses Her Work


CPHA also leads the Social and Biological Determinants of Health Working Group, a collaborative, interinstitutional effort. The group examines ways to integrate biological concepts used in primate research with demographic concepts from human population aging research. Biologists, demographers, epidemiologists and developmental psychologists share a mission of integrating theory and methods to create and maintain a collaborative platform for comparative projects across human and nonhuman species.