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Jeremy Koster

Jeremy Koster
Koster's Research
Department of Anthropology
Assistant Professor
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.

QARG Publications
Koster, J., and G. Leckie. 2014. Food sharing networks in lowland Nicaragua:  An application of the social relations model to count data. Social Networks 38: 100-110.

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 109: E463-470.

Koster, J.M. 2008. Hunting with dogs in Nicaragua: An optimal foraging approach. Current Anthropology 49: 935-944.