Alyssa Crittenden

Alyssa Crittenden is the Lincy Foundation Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a behavioral ecologist and nutritional anthropologist who works with the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania. Her main research foci include the behavioral and nutritional correlates of cooperative breeding, life history theory, children's foraging and food sharing, the evolution of childhood, the ontogeny of prosocial behavior, and the evolution of the human diet and sexual division of labor.

As a behavioral ecologist, or evolutionary ecologist, she applies principles of evolutionary theory to the study of human behavioral and cultural diversity and situates these principles in an ecological framework. Much of her research focuses on exploring the evolution of human behaviors as adaptive solutions to the life history demands of reproduction, growth, and development. She is particularly interested in the ways in which ecology influences social behavior within and between human populations – particularly small scale societies like hunter-gatherers.

Primary Areas of Expertise
Biological Anthropology, Ecology, Evolution, Human Development, Life History, Nutrition

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Food HandlingNutrition
Food PreparationBehavior
Food SharingBehavior
Home BaseBehavior
Organized Gathering of FoodBehavior
Use of ContainersBehavior

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2012-12-07Current Hunter-Gatherer DietsThe Evolution of Human Nutrition