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The Center for Human and Primate Reproductive Ecology was founded in 2005 through the support of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies in order to foster research into the interaction between the reproductive biology of humans and non-human primates and environmental stresses.


Evolutionary biologists tend to investigate every organism on the planet except humans. Biomedical researchers have made tremendous contributions to our understanding of basic human physiology, but very seldom has research been done within the context of evolutionary or life history theory. CHaPRE attempts to bridge this gap by melding field and laboratory research of human and non-human primate reproductive biology under the guiding principles of evolutionary and life history theory.

Why reproductive biology?

Reproductive biology is a central aspect of evolutionary theory, medicine, and conservation. It is also well established, but underappreciated, that reproductive biology is responsive to environmental change since it is often adaptive to adjust energetic investment in reproduction in light of environmental challenges and limitations.