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.


We are currently planning the 2024 Winter Speaker Series, so stay tuned for updates! Follow us on Twitter to receive announcements on the 2024 Series.


Earlier this year, we wrapped up our 2023 Winter Speaker Series on Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Hierarchy Competition and Conflict! We would like to thank our amazing speakers for being a part of the Series: Charleen Case, Jon Maner, Felix Warneken, Tania Reynolds, Richard Ronay, Joyce Benenson, Chris Von Rueden, Jamie Krems, and Brian Hare. The list of talks is attached below and can also be found  here.

View recordings of the talks here.


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

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.