Department of Anthropology
Human Evolutionary Ecology
Social Network Analysis
Jeremy Koster is a human behavioral ecologist who uses ethnographic data to deduce and test hypotheses about the evolution of anatomically modern humans. Much of his work has addressed the use of hunting dogs in preindustrial societies, which suggests an important role for hunting in the domestication of dogs. He also uses food sharing data and time allocation observations to test evolutionary and network–based models of cooperation, which has implications for the origin of unique cognitive and life history traits in the human lineage. His research is based on fieldwork among indigenous farmer–foragers in lowland Nicaragua.
Koster, J. M., and K. B. Tankersley. 2012. Heterogeneity of hunting ability and nutritional status among domestic dogs in lowland Nicaragua. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Koster, J. M. 2011. Inter–household meat sharing among Mayangna and Miskito horticulturalists in Nicaragua. Human Nature
Koster, J.M. 2008. Hunting with dogs in Nicaragua: An optimal foraging approach. Current Anthropology 49: 935-944.