HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY & HEALTH LAB
The Urlacher Lab @ Baylor University
We investigate the evolved bio-energetic pathways that drive variation in human development, metabolism & health
Our biocultural approach integrates field and laboratory methods spanning several disciplines. We develop new models and methods, test hypotheses, and strive to reduce health disparities.
Our research lies at the intersection of the fields of human biology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary medicine, and global health. We are particularly interested in how children adaptively allocate calories to competing physiological tasks (e.g., growth, immune activity, brain development) and the impact of early adversity on lifetime metabolic disease risk.
Recent News & Press
Exercise vs. Diet? What Children of the Amazon Can Teach Us About Weight Gain
The New York Times (2021)
Child growth and energetic constraints with Dr. Sam Urlacher
Sausage of Science Podcast (2020)
Move more, weigh less? Baylor prof’s study of Amazon kids challenges that equation
Waco Tribune-Herald (2020)