Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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 E/Prof Jim Chisholm
E/Prof Jim Chisholm


The School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology offers a diverse range of student research topics.

The development of alternative reproductive strategies in humans

This project will not be available in 2016.

Project outline

Professor Chisholm uses the principles of evolutionary ecology and life history theory to generate hypotheses about the development of alternative reproductive strategies in humans. Current projects focus on the role of early stress on age at menarche, adult attachment and sexual/romantic behaviour, teen pregnancy, theory of mind, time preference, empathy, and social exchange, evolutionary perspectives in epidemiology and public health. Professor Chisholm is more than happy to discuss with potential students a range of projects tailored to individual interests.

Project is suitable for

Honours, Masters, PhD


E/Prof Jim Chisholm

Essential qualifications

For Honours: BSc or BA in Biological Science, Psychology or Anthropology from an approved institution with a minimum weighted average of 65% in the level 3 subjects that comprise the relevant major . Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For Masters or PhD: An appropriate Honours degree in Science, Anthropology, or Psychology, or equivalent research experience from an approved institution. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Desirable skills/experience
Knowledge of literature in human evolutionary ecology and own particular area of interest.