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Brooke Scelza


Associate Professor & Vice Chair of Graduate Studies


Contact Information

Email    bscelza@anthro.ucla.edu
Office  396 Haines
Phone  310-825-1437
I am a human behavioral ecologist interested in understanding the adaptive nature of behavior as a function of local socioecological context.

My research focuses on a variety of questions related to reproductive decision-making and parental investment, and on understanding the social environment as a critical influence on how people negotiate life history trade-offs.

My current research focuses on male and female reproductive strategies both inside and outside of marriage, parental investment strategies of mothers and fathers, and the role of the mother-adult daughter relationship within the larger system of cooperative breeding.  I currently conduct fieldwork with the Himba, a semi-nomadic pastoralist group in Namibia. Previously, I worked in Australia with Martu Aborigines, looking at parental investment and the effects of demography on social support, as well as some work on diet in a mixed economy.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Washington (2008)

Selected Publications

Scelza, B.A. (2013) Choosy but not chaste: multiple mating in human females. Evolutionary Anthropology, 22:259-269. 

Scelza, B.A., Bird, D.W., Bliege Bird, R. (in press) Bush tucker, shop tucker: production, consumption and diet at an Aboriginal outstation. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 

House, B.R., Silk, J.B., Henrich, J., Barrett, H.C., Scelza, B.A., Boyette, A., Hewlett, B., Laurence, S. (2013) Cross-cultural diversity in the ontogeny of prosocial behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 

Shenk, M.K., Scelza, B.A. (2012) Paternal investment and status-related child outcomes: timing of father’s death effects. Journal of Biosocial Science. 

Scelza, B.A. (2012) Food scarcity, not economic constraint limits consumption in a rural Aboriginal community. Australian Journal of Rural Health 20(3):108-112. 

Bliege Bird, R., Scelza, B.A., Bird, D.W., Smith, E.A. (2012) The hierarchy of virtue: mutualism, altruism and signaling in Martu women’s cooperative hunting. Evolution and Human Behavior 33(1):64-78. 

Scelza, B.A. (2011) Female mobility and postmarital kin access in a patrilocal society. Human Nature 22(4):377-393. 

Scelza, B.A. (2011) Female choice and extra-pair paternity in a traditional human population. Biology Letters,7(6):889-891. 

Scelza, B.A. (2011) The place of proximity: social support in mother-adult daughter relationships. Human Nature.22(1):108-127. 

Brooke Scelza (2010). Father’s presence speeds the social and reproductive careers of sons. Current Anthropology. 51(2):295-303 

Brooke Scelza (2009). The grandmaternal niche: Critical caretaking among Martu Aborigines. American Journal of Human Biology, 21(4):448-454. 

Brooke Scelza & Rebecca Bliege Bird (2008). Group structure and female cooperative networks in Australia’s Western Desert. Human Nature 19:231-248.

Research

Human behavioral ecology, life history theory, reproductive ecology, maternal and child health; Australia, Namibia.

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2018 Winter Quarter

Human Evolution

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2018 Winter Quarter

Human Evolution

Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

2017 Fall Quarter

Teaching Anthropology

2017 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

2016 Fall Quarter

Research Group Seminars: Anthropology

Teaching Anthropology

2016 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Human Behavioral Ecology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2016 Winter Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2015 Fall Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2015 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2015 Winter Quarter

Human Behavioral Ecology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2014 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2014 Spring Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2014 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Human Behavioral Ecology

2013 Fall Quarter

Biological Anthropology Colloquium

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2013 Spring Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2013 Winter Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2012 Fall Quarter

Human Behavioral Ecology

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2012 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

2012 Winter Quarter

Human Behavioral Ecology

Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

2011 Spring Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2011 Winter Quarter

Human Evolution

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2010 Fall Quarter

Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2010 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

2010 Winter Quarter

Human Behavioral Ecology

2009 Spring Quarter

Evolution and Biology of Human Behavior

Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

2009 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO 1
Human Evolution

2018 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 222
Graduate Core Seminar: Biological Anthropology in Review

2018 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 495
Teaching Anthropology

2017 Fall Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 220
Current Problems in Biological Anthropology

2017 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 126
Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology

2017 Spring Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 194
Research Group Seminars: Anthropology

2016 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 193
Journal Club Seminars: Anthropology

2016 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 297
Selected Topics in Anthropology

2016 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 124A
Human Behavioral Ecology

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 202
Biological Anthropology Colloquium

2013 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 7
Human Evolution

2011 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 124
Evolution and Biology of Human Behavior

2009 Spring Quarter