Consequences and Context of Stunting in the Bolivian Amazon

Project: Research project

Project Details


Background: Human growth is fundamentally a biocultural process that is best understood through
a life-history perspective. The bulk of research on growth patterns in biological anthropology
draws on evolutionary life history, which explicitly grapples with how trade-offs between
competing domains, such as growth, reproduction, and maintenance, serve to enhance survival
and reproduction in dynamic environments. While these lines of research have provided important
insights into the adaptive nature of human growth, less research has focused explicitly on
how growth patterns may be shaped by local conditions and, by extension, the relationship
between early life growth trajectories and downstream health outcomes. In this project, we
propose a biocultural model of growth throughout childhood and adolescence that addresses
two relatively neglected issues: (1) the lack of multilevel, longitudinal data on the dynamics
of human growth in rural settings of low-income nations and (2) research focusing on how local
context may shape growth and body composition.
Effective start/end date7/1/157/31/21


  • University of Georgia (SUB00000853)
  • National Science Foundation (SUB00000853)


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