• I am a PhD student in Integrated Anthropological Sciences (IAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).

     

    I am a human behavioral ecologist who studies how ecological and social factors shape human behavior, social networks, and health outcomes.

     

    I conduct fieldwork with the Tsimane and Moseten in Amazonian Bolivia, and in the Todgha valley in Southeast Morocco.

  • PUBLICATIONS

    Gurven, M., Kraft, T., Alami, S., Copajira Adrian, J., Cortez Linares, E., Cummings, D., Eid Rodriguez, D., Hooper, P., Jaeggi, A., Quispe Gutierrez, R., Maldonado Suarez, I., Seabright, E., Kapan, H., Stieglitz, J., Trumble, B. Rapidly declining core body temperature in a tropical human population. Science Advances (In press).

     

    Kaplan, HS., Trumble, BC., Stieglitz, J., Mamany, RM., Cayuba, MG., Moye, LM., Alami, S., Kraft, T., Gutierrez, RQ., Adrian, JC., Thompson, RC. (2020) Voluntary collective isolation as a best response to COVID-19 for indigenous populations? A case study and protocol from the Bolivian Amazon. The Lancet. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31104-1

     

    Alami, S., von Rueden, C., Seabright, E., Kraft, T.S., Blackwell, A.D., Stieglitz, J., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2020). Mother’s social status is associated with child health in a horticulturalist population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1922). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2783

     

    Irimia, A., Kaplan, H., Trumble, B. C., Adrian, J. J. C., Maher, A. S., Rostowsky, K. A., Chowdhury, N.F, Sutherland, L., Sutherland J.D., Allam A.H., Eid Rodriguez, D., Cummings, D.K, Garcia, A.R., Rowan, C.J., Miyamoto, M.I., Alami, S., Seabright, E., Barisano, G., Mack, W.J., Chang Chui H., Stieglitz J., Law, M., Gurven, M., Finch, C.E.(2019). Using computed tomography to assess brain volumetric in aging. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 15(7), P613-P614.

     

    Alami, S., Stieglitz, J., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2018). Low perceived control over health is associated with lower treatment uptake in a high mortality population of Bolivian forager-farmers. Social Science & Medicine, 200(September 2017), 156–165. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.01.017

     

    von Rueden, C., Alami, S., Kaplan, H., & Gurven, M. (2018). Sex differences in political leadership in an egalitarian society. Evolution and Human Behavior. DOI:0.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.03.005.

     

    Sznycer, D., Xygalatas, D., Alami, S., An, X.-F., Ananyeva, K. I., Fukushima, S., Hitokoto, H., Kharitonov, A. N., Koster, J. M., Onyishi, C. N., Onyishi, I. E., Romero, P. P., Takemura, K., Zhuang, J.-Y., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2018). Invariances in the architecture of pride across small-scale societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(33), 8322–8327. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1808418115

     

    Sznycer, D., Xygalatas, D., Agey, E., Alami, S., An, X.-F., Ananyeva, K. I., Atkinson, Q. D., Broitman, B. R., Conte, T. J., Flores, C., Fukushima, S., Hitokoto, H., Kharitonov, A. N., Onyishi, C. N.,Onyishi, I. E., Romero, P. P., Schrock, J. M., Snodgrass J. J., Sugiyama, L. S., Takemura, K.,Townsend, C., Zhuang, J.-Y., Aktipis, C. A., Cronk, L., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2018).Cross-cultural invariances in the architecture of shame. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(39), 9702–9707. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1805016115

  • TEACHING

    Methods in the Human Behavioral Sciences (ANTH 9)

     

    The goal of this course is to introduce students to the design and analysis of scientific studies of behavior. The emphasis is on theory-based testing of workable hypotheses, with examples drawn from human evolutionary ecology and human biology. Classes are structured around methods of data collection and analysis. Students are introduced to a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, from observational and survey-based studies of behavior to experiments. Classes are held in a computer laboratory, where students use database and statistical software to organize and analyze real data.

     

    I HAVE BEEN A TEACHING ASSISTANT FOR THE FOLLOWING COURSES

     

    Introductory Biological Anthropology (ANTH 5)

    Introductory Biosocial Anthropology (ANTH 7)

    Human Growth and Development (ANTH 161)

    Evolutionary Medicine (ANTH 171)

     

    Course descriptions: https://my.sa.ucsb.edu/catalog/Current/CollegesDepartments/ls-intro/anth.aspx?DeptTab=Courses

  • MEDIA

    A pound of cure (The UCSB Current)

    The status of women

    (The UCSB current)

  • CONTACT ME

    sarah.alami.g@gmail.com

    sarah00@ucsb.edu

    @SarahAlamiG

  • LINKS

    UCSB Anthropology: https://www.anth.ucsb.edu/ 

     

    The Broom Center for Demography (UCSB): http://www.broomcenter.ucsb.edu/

     

    Tsimane Health and Life History Project: http://tsimane.anth.ucsb.edu/index.html

     

    Gurven Lab (UCSB): https://gurven.anth.ucsb.edu/

     

    Lawson Lab (UCSB): http://davidwlawson.strikingly.com/

     

    Boddy Lab (UCSB): http://amyboddy.strikingly.com/