Biodemography and Evolution

Nicole Thompson González

Nicole Thompson González
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Anthropology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Manager, Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at UCSB

Nicole Thompson González is a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary primatologist in the Department of Anthropology. Her work draws from evolutionary biology, animal behavior, sociology, and public health to examine the multiple links between sociality, health, and biological fitness in human and non-human primates. Her work on wild primates in East Africa provides models of the social and developmental drivers of health inequalities from the individual to the population level, by pairing long-term behavioral and ecological data with biomarkers of health status. Further, her work centers life history theory as a framework to evaluate the costs and benefits of social relationships and community dynamics throughout the life course. She currently manages the Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at UCSB, performing and overseeing several assay techniques. Her current research focuses on immune regulation as a powerful pathway by which individuals embody social experience.

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown
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research associates
Anthropology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Assistant Professor

Michelle Brown’s research focuses on one of the main drivers of social variation: competition for food resources. She develops novel methods to disentangle the energetic effects of feeding competition among individuals, social groups, and species. Using information on the magnitude and timing of competition, she identifies its demographic effects on populations and tests hypotheses regarding collective behavior and social relationships. She conducts fieldwork on eight populations of wild monkeys at five sites in Uganda and co-directs the Biobehavioral Laboratory on the UCSB campus. She also works to diversify the fields of biological anthropology and animal behavior through extensive mentoring and training of students from under-represented groups in STEM fields.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

NSF Build & Broaden: “Extreme competition among primate species: Reproductive effects of feeding competition within a guild.” 2021-2023. $268,734. PI.

UCSB Academic Senate: “Resolving the progesterone paradox: Energy acquisition and reproduction in a wild primate.” 2020-2021. $10,864. PI.

UCSB Faculty Career Development Award: “Infrasonic communication in a cryptic primate.” 2020-2021. Percent effort: 1 summer month. PI.

Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship: “A monkey’s-eye view: Testing a novel framework for predicting feeding competition in primates.” 2017-2021. $31,570. PI.

High prevalence of sternal foramina in indigenous Bolivians Compared to Midwest Americans and Indigenous North Americans.

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Gans, B., Neunuebel, A., Umbarger, L., Trumble, B., Cummings, D., Wann, S.L., Lehenbauer, K., Mahadev, A., Eid Rodriguez, D., Michalik, D., Rowan, C., Stieglitz, J., Gurven, M., Kaplan, H., Thomas, G., Thompson, R. 2021. 

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Anatomical Science International

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The indigenous South American Tsimane exhibit relatively modest decrease in brain volume with age despite high systemic inflammation.

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Irimia, A., Chaudhari, N.N., Robles, D. Rostowsky, B., Maher, A., Chowdhury, N., Calvillo, M., Ngo, V., Gatz, M., Mack, W., Law, M., Sutherland, M.L., Sutherland, J.D., Rowan, C., Wann, L.S., Allam, A., Thompson, R., Michalik, D., Cummings, D., Seabright, E., Alami, S., Garcia, A., Hooper, P., Stieglitz, J., Trumble, B., Gurven, M., Thomas, G., Finch, C., Kaplan, H. 2021. 

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J. of Gerontology: Series A Biological Sciences glab138.

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