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Bobbi Low

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Professor, School of Natural Resources & Environment.

Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin

Dr Low's research focuses on evolutionary biology and its applications to fertility behavior in human and non-human populations. She is currently working on applications of evolutionary psychology to the study of sexual attitudes and behavior in Thailand.

Recent Publications


Braude, Stan, and Bobbi Low. 2010. An Introduction to Methods & Models in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Abstract. Public Access.

Journal Articles

Murdock, Courtney C., M.S. Dietz, L.M. Romero, Bobbi Low, and J. Foufopoulos. Forthcoming. "Effects of food availability and parasites on stress and immune response in song birds." Journal of Animal Ecology.

Low, Bobbi. 2013. "Causes and Consequences of Human Migration: An Evolutionary Perspective." Population and Development Review, 39(2): 355-356. DOI.

Low, Bobbi, N. Parker, A. Hazel, and K. Welch. 2013. "Life Expectancy, Fertility, and Women's Lives: A Life-History Perspective." Cross-Cultural Research, 47(2): 198-225. DOI. Abstract.

Wakeley, John, Léandra King, Bobbi Low, and Sohini Ramachandran. 2012. "Gene Genealogies Within a Fixed Pedigree, and the Robustness of Kingman’s Coalescent." Genetics, 191(4): 1433-1445. PMCID: PMC3316654. DOI. Abstract.

An, L., Daniel Brown, J.I. Nassauer, and Bobbi Low. 2011. "Variations in development of exurban residential landscapes: Timing, location, and driving forces." Journal of Land Use Science, 6(1): 13-32. DOI. Abstract.

Shenk, M.K., M.B. Mulder, J. Beise, G. Clark, W. Irons, D. Leonetti, Bobbi Low, S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, and P. Piraino. 2010. "Intergenerational Wealth Transmission among Agriculturalists Foundations of Agrarian Inequality." Current Anthropology, 51(1): 65-83. DOI. Abstract.

Mulder, M.B., S. Bowles, T. Hertz, A. Bell, J. Beise, G. Clark, I. Fazzio, M. Gurven, K. Hill, P.L. Hooper, W. Irons, Hillard Kaplan, D. Leonetti, Bobbi Low, F.W. Marlowe, R. McElreath, S. Naidu, D. Nolin, P. Piraino, R. Quinlan, E. Schniter, R. Sear, M. Shenk, E.A. Smith, C. von Rueden, and P. Wiessner. 2009. "Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and the Dynamics of Inequality in Small-Scale Societies." Science, 326(5953): 682-688. PMCID: PMC2792081. DOI. Abstract.

Zellner, M.L., S.E. Page, W. Rand, Daniel Brown, D.T. Robinson, J. Nassauer, and Bobbi Low. 2009. "The emergence of zoning policy games in exurban jurisdictions: Informing collective action theory." Land Use Policy, 26(2): 356-367. DOI. Abstract.


Low, Bobbi. 2009. "Marriage and family: the evolutionary ecological context." In Marriage and family: perspectives and complexities edited by H. Elizabeth Peters and Claire M. Kamp Dush. New York: Columbia University Press.

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