Yanomamö fieldwork 1987
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I received my doctorate in anthropology from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1978. Most of my research is on native peoples of the Venezuelan Amazon (Yanomamö & Ye'kwana) with funding from the NSF, LSB Leakey Foundation, and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. My research interests are in behavioral ecology, food & labor exchange, human ecology, marriage, parental investment, and Amazonia. I regularly teach courses on social organization, contentious issues in anthropology, warfare, and introductory cultural anthropology. I am also president of the Evolutionary Anthropology Society of the American Anthropological Association and a consulting editor for Human Nature.
Select and Recent Publications
“A Problematic Test of the Kin Selection Hypothesis among the Urak Lawoi of Ko Lipeh, Thailand: Commentary on Camperio Ciani, Battaglia, & Liotta (2016) Paul L. Vasey, Doug P. VanderLaan, Raymond Hames, & Amornthep Jaidee. Journal of Sex Research. On line, ahead of print http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2015.1115808
- “Behavioral Ecology”. (2015) In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Pages 246–251. Elsevier: London.Multilevel modeling analysis of dyadic network data with an application to Ye'kwana food sharing". American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2015). Jeremy Koster, George Leckie, Andrew Miller, and Raymond Hames
- “Kin Selection and Sexuality” (2015). In The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, edited by Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
- "Diversity in Human Behavioral Ecology". Human Nature 25 (4) (2014)
- "Kin Selection" In David Buss, ed., The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. John Wiley & Sons: NY (2015)
- "The “female fertility–social stratification–hypergyny” hypothesis of male homosexual preference: factual, conceptual and methodological errors in Barthes et al. [Commentary]." Evolution and Human Behavior 35(5): 445-447. VanderLaan, D. P.Doug; Zachary H Garfield; Melissa J Garfield; Jean-Baptiste Leca; Paul L Vasey; Raymond B Hames (2014).
- Direct and Indirect Behavior Observations. (with Michael Paolisso, 2nd author). In R. Bernard and C. Gravlee, eds. "The Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology", Pp. 293-313, 2nd Ed., Rowland & Littlefield: Lanham. (2014).
- A life history perspective on skin cancer and the evolution of skin pigmentation. Daniel Osborne and Raymond Hames. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2014)
- A survey of non-classical polyandry. Katie Starkweather and Raymond Hames. Human Nature (2012) 23:149–17
- "Sex differences in spatial abilities: Methodological problems in Hoffman et al." Drew H. Bailey, Richard A. Lippa, Marco Del Giudice, Raymond Hames, & David C. Geary. PNAS (letter to editor) (2012)
- "Anthropological Data Regarding the Adaptiveness of Hebephilia" (Raymond Hames and Ray Blanchard) Archives of Sexual Behavior, (2012) Volume 41, Number 4, Pages 745-74
- "Statement on the Publication of Alice Dreger's Investigation, Darkness's Descent on the American Anthropological Association: A Cautionary Tale". (Jane Lancaster & Raymond Hames) Human Nature 22:222-223 (2011)
- Paolisso, M. and R. Hames "Methods for the Systematic Study of Human Behavior, Field Methods (2010).
- Production Decisions and Time Allocation. In Society and Environment: Methods and Research Design. Vaccaro, Ismael , Eric Alden Smith and Shankar Aswani (eds.) Cambridge University Press. (2010)
- Grandparental transfers and kin selection?. Invited and reviewed commentary on D. Coall and R. Hertwig ?Grandparental Investment: Past, Present, and Future?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2010) - go to page 26.
- Meal Sharing among the Ye'kwana (With Carl McCabe) Human Nature 18 (1):1-22 (2007)
- The Ecologically Noble Savage Debate Annual Review of Anthropology 36 (2007)
- Growth rates and life histories in 22 small-scale societies (Robert Walker senior author with 12 co-authors!) American Journal of Human Biology 18:295–311 (2006)
- The Nexus of Yanomamö Growth, Health, and Demography
In Lost Paradises and the Ethics of Research and Publication
F. Salzano and A. Hurtado, eds. Oxford University Press. Pp. 110-146. (With Jennifer Kuzara) (2004)
- Women's work, child care and helpers at the nest in a hunter-gatherer society. (With Patricia Draper) Human Nature, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 319-341 (2004)
- Parental Investment and Child Health in a Yanomamö Village Suffering Short-term Food Stress. Edward H. Hagen Raymond B. Hames, Nathan M. Craig, Matthew T. Lauer, Michael E. Price, Journal of Biosocial Sciences (2001)
- Birth Order, Sibling Investment, and Fertility among the Ju/'hoansi (!Kung), (Patricia Draper, first author) Human Nature Vol. 11, No. 2: 117-156 (2000)