Life History Tradeoffs in Cancer


Apr. 4, 2022, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Office/Remote Location

CBC C120 or Remote (register for WebEx)


Please join us for this virtual UNLV Anthropology Talk, given by Amy Boddy. Boddy is assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Audience members can attend in-person (in CBC C120) or register to attend online.

Life history theory is a powerful approach to study human health and disease. However, there has been little work in applications of life history theory in cancer biology. Here I will discuss how cancer is fundamentally characterized by life history trade-offs. Using a newly curated comparative oncology dataset across a wide range of mammals, I show why some mammals may be more vulnerable to cancer than others. I suggest some of this cancer vulnerability is due to life history trade-offs in reproductive output and discuss how insights into life history and cancer can be useful for human health and disease.

Admission Information

Open to all members of the broader UNLV community.

Contact Information

Liam Frink

External Sponsor

Department of Anthropology