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Wesley Allen-Arave

Human Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology

University of New Mexico

portrait of Wesley Allen-Arave

portrait by Victor Maritsas

I am an anthropologist specializing in human behavioral ecology. My research draws on an evolutionary perspective to study a number of related issues in sociality. I am particularly interested in how social networks and reputations affect the range of cooperative behaviors and altruistic displays found across traditional and industrialized societies. In my research, I strive to test theoretical models of altruism with empirical data. My research into social networks, reputations, and cooperation encompasses fieldwork in Paraguay among Ache forager/horticulturists, analyses of altruistic responses in emergencies, and studies of public goods provisioning in our own society.