The Evolution and Human Adaptation Program supports work by faculty and students at the University of Michigan in the area of evolution and human behavior, including work relevant to Darwinian medicine.

The program organizes a series of seminars throughout the academic year, and provides contacts for students to get advice, support and sometimes research money to pursue work in this area.

The program does not offer a degree or a certificate, so prospective students should apply through specific departments. The departments of Psychology, Anthropology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Economics, Political Science, Psychiatry, and Philosophy are the most involved in the program.


This year has brought us back in person with many events that we have sponsored!

Winter 2023 – We will be bringing back the Lecture Series next Winter. The Winter 2023 Series’s theme is Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Hierarchy, Competition, and Conflict. The series will take place on Thursdays at 4 pm at the University of Michigan.

October 2022 – In October, alongside the Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, EHAP co-sponsored the annual Midwestern Primate Interest Group (MPIG) conference at Michigan! MPIG is a professional association founded in 2004 for primatologists practicing in the midwestern United States. Our ranks include professors, students, zoo professionals, conservation practitioners, and more. Most notably, the conference is a small, intimate setting where ideas can be exchanged in a community of friendly scholars. Thanks to Dr. Stacy Rosenbaum and Dr. Liliana Cortez-Ortiz for their heroic organization of the first back-to-in-person conference post Covid!

Summer 2022 – EHAP was a contributor to the international Human Behavior & Evolution Society annual meeting, which took place online summer 2022.