The Human Behavioral Ecology Research Group (HBERG) is a research collaboration and training lab led by Dr. Christopher Lynn. HBERG projects and objectives address questions and methods applicable to human behavioral ecology, neuroanthropology, and evolutionary psychology. Human behavioral ecology focuses on human adaptability in cultural context usually by assessing reproductive fitness, neuroanthropology is the integration of deep ethnography and neurosciences, and evolutionary psychology is the use of psychological methods to test questions about evolved behaviors and morphology.
Through a number of integrated projects over, generally, a year-long cycle, students learn and develop skills in research design, methodology development, data collection and analyses, and research presentation and translation.
The HBERG approach involves participation in a number of ongoing research projects to gain exposure to various principles and methods, including but not limited to the Religious Ecology Study (in Tuscaloosa and Costa Rica), the Fireside Relaxation Study, Cultural Knowledge and Mating Success, and the Inking of Immunity.
All HBERG members focus on translating science for colleagues and the public through annual presentations at local and professional conferences, publications, blogging for the Anthropology Blog Network, and EvoS Consortium, and teaching anthropology to elementary-age students as part of the UA-TMSE Partnership program.
We meet weekly on Fridays from 9AM – noon during the academic year and intermittently throughout the summer.
HBERG has offices and research facilities in 31 Rowand-Johnson Hall. Contact Dr. Lynn for more information.