Rebecca Sear

Rebecca Sear is a Reader at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), teaching demography and researching human reproductive behaviour from an evolutionary perspective. She is trained in zoology, biological anthropology, and statistics, and subsequently worked first in a social science institution (London School of Economics) and then in an institution of global and public health (LSHTM). Having been exposed to a variety of disciplines, she is particularly interested in how the natural, social and medical sciences can be integrated as we try to understand our own species, and aims to conduct research somewhere inbetween these disciplines. She is particularly interested in taking a comparative perspective to understanding human reproductive behaviour, and exploring why such behaviour varies between, as well as within, populations.

Read her academic bio here:

Recent Posts

May 11, 2020 in Biology

Solving the Evolutionary Puzzle of Twinning

While twinning itself carries risks, the underlying trait which leads to the most common type of twinning confers benefits.
Read More
August 21, 2019 in Biology, Gender

Girls Who Grow Up Without Their Father Start Their Periods Earlier, Or Do They?

New research challenges the idea that girls who grow up in households without a father tend to start their periods earlier than girls whose fathers live with them.
Read More