Understanding the Complexity of #LifeHistoryTheory in HBES’s Roundtable Seminar Series Event

By Nicole Barbaro


HBES hosted the second event in the new Roundtable Seminar Series on November 17 with over 215 members in live attendance. The new event series, organized by HBES volunteers Kristopher Smith, Courtney Crosby, and Paul Deutchman, featured a panel of researchers who specialize in different areas of life history theory to discuss what “life history theory” means, the area’s current theoretical and empirical issues, and where research should go next. The event topic corresponds with the November special issue of HBES’s journal, Evolution and Human Behavior, on Current Debates in Human Life History Research.



Panelists Dr. Marco Del Giudice, Dr. Rebecca Sear, Dr. Keelah Williams, Dr. Daniel Nettle, and Dr. Willem Frankenhuis discussed differences between ‘clusters’ of life history research in biology and psychology, difficulties of applying original conceptualizations of life history theory to human behavior, issues in measurement and trait covariation, and the importance of measuring adaptive outcomes. Many of these issues were sparked by panelists contributions to the EHB special issue.


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The Roundtable Seminar Series will be held regularly throughout the year, approximately every 1 – 2 months. HBES members receive the exclusive perk of being able to watch the event live, engage in chat with other attendees, and ask the panelists questions. Following each event, the recording of the event will be available for anyone to view on the HBES Roundtable Series YouTube channel.

The next event in the Roundtable Series will be held on Thursday, December 17 at 2 pm -3:15 pm EST, with the topic of discussion centered on Origins of Political Orientation and Partisanship. The conversation will include panelists Dr. Michael Bang Petersen, Dr. Hugo Mercier, Dr. Rose McDermott, and Dr. John Jost, moderated by Dr. Andrew Delton.

Thank you to all who continue to make this event a great success, and we look forward to seeing you all on December 17!