This two-day workshop on biodemography and sociality will integrate data and theory across species to promote and advance the field by exploring cross-species comparisons of social environments, hierarchies, and behaviors and the effects these have on health, longevity, and life histories. Papers will be presented by invited contributors in three major areas: 1) How experiences in early life affect health and longevity outcomes in later life; 2) the trade-offs that are made in different species, including humans, among health, reproduction, and longevity; and 3) disparity and variance in factors ranging from gut biota to intergenerational transfers of wealth and knowledge that affect life histories, health, and longevity. The workshop will open with a presentation by Kenneth Wachter on what has transpired in the field since it was launched by the NRC report Between Zeus and the Salmon in 1997. During most of the two days, groupings of two to three presentations will be followed by open discussion led by an invited respondent. The workshop will close with a presentation about the genomic and evolutionary challenges for biodemography, by Kenneth Weiss.
This project is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.
The public is welcome to attend the workshop, which will be held April 8-9, 2014 at the Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.