Adrian Jaeggi

Assistant Professor

Office: 111 Anthropology. Spring office hours: Tues 3.45-5.45



  • PhD, Biological Anthropology, University of Zurich, 2010



  • Primate and human behavioral ecology
  • Proximate mechanisms of behavior
  • Evolution of cooperation
  • Evolution of cognition
  • Food sharing
  • Sociality and health
  • Social learning and culture
  • Comparative phylogenetic methods

I am a broadly trained biological anthropologist whose research aims to understand the evolution of human behavior and its proximate bases through an explicitly comparative approach, combining empirical research on different species of primates and human populations. As such, I have conducted field work on orangutans in Indonesia, baboons in South Africa, and among the Tsimane’ forager-horticulturalists of Bolivia, and I have studied chimpanzees and bonobos in zoos across Europe. I am particularly interested in the evolution of cooperation, i.e. behaviors where one individual helps another, and its underlying psychology and biological bases, but also other social behaviors and the intersections between ecology, sociality, and health. My theoretical approach is that of behavioral ecology, which assumes behavior to be optimal given current socio-ecological conditions, with the goal of identifying those conditions that pattern behavioral variation within and between species. To this end I also employ synthesizing approaches such as phylogenetic comparative methods and meta-analyses. I joined Emory in January of 2016 and am currently building a behavioral ecology lab for which I welcome applications from interested graduate students and postdocs.



  • ANT 200 / NBB 201: Foundations Of Behavior
  • ANT 302: Primate Behavior & Ecology
  • ANT 385: Human Behavioral Ecology
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  • Previously taught courses - University of California Santa Barbara:
  • Anth 129MG: Behavioral Ecology Of Hunter-Gatherers (UCSB)
  • Anth 153T: Primate Behavior (UCSB)
  • Anth 169: Evolution Of Cooperation (UCSB)
  • Anth 250AJ: The Comparative Approach In Evolutionary Anthropology And Biology (graduate) (UCSB)
  • Psy 594MG: Special Topics In Psychology (graduate, team-taught) (UCSB)