Bobbi S. Low



PhD, University of Texas (evolutionary zoology)

MA, University of Texas (evolutionary zoology)

BA, University of Louisville (biology)



Today, as we face conservation issues in sustainability, few of us realize how important human behavior is in conservation, and further, how, because the desire for “more” of any resources was favored throughout our evolution, harvesting sustainably may be difficult to achieve.  Professor Low works in evolutionary and behavioral ecology, studying resource control and reproductive success in vertebrates, including humans; she integrates evolutionary theory and resource management, studying resources and reproductive variance, and reproductive and resource tradeoffs for modern women.

Low's research focuses on behavioral ecology and life history theory: how these were shaped by evolution, and how they in turn constrain optimal management. She links data collection, analysis, and theory; her methodologies include dynamic modeling, optimization, agent-based modeling and game theory.


President, Human Behavior and Evolution Society (2002-2005).

Director of the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program at the University of Michigan (2002).

Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award (2007).

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President, Human Behavior and Evolution Society (2002-2005).

Secretary, Human Behavior and Evolution Society (1990-93).