Monique Borgerhoff Mulder

External Advisory Board Member

Dr. Monique Borgerhoff Mulder is a Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis and is affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. She uses the theory and methods of behavioral ecology to address aspects of human behavioral variation, engaging in focused ethnographic research, quantitative demographic analysis, and systematic comparative studies. Her research focuses in three distinct areas: life history variation (including patterns of marriage and childrearing), the distribution of cultural traits across societies, and the links between conservation and economic development, and she is increasingly engaged in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of applied projects in East Africa. She co-directs a program on the intergenerational transmission of inequality with Sam Bowles at the Santa Fe Institute, and is co-founder of Savannas Forever Tanzania – Data for Development. Dr. Borgerhoff Mulder was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2021.

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2016 - 2018
Areas of Expertise
evolutionary anthropology
conservation science
Research Interests
commons management
cultural group selection
payments for environmental services
Methods of Expertise
statistical modeling
comparative analysis
collaborative research