The Shuar Health and Life History Project is an interdisciplinary collaborative research effort that involves scientists from several US universities, Ecuadorian health providers, and Shuar colleagues (including through the Shuar Federation). The project was founded in 2005 by Dr. Larry Sugiyama and is co-directed by Drs. Josh Snodgrass, Sam Urlacher, Felicia Madimenos, and Melissa Liebert.
Ecuadorian Collaborators and Supporters
The project would not be possible without our extensive network of Ecuadorian collaborators and supporters, and also the communities and study participants who participate directly and indirectly in the research. In particular, we want to recognize the support and friendship of Nancy Ankuash, Sixto Ankuash, Germania Barrera Basantes, Fabio Chimki, Berta Fernández & Guillermo Andrade, Estela Jempekat, Luzmilla Jempekat, Diana Jempekat, Katy Jempekat, Oswaldo Mankash, Rosalinda Charo Jempekat, Kuri Saant Marian, Pepe Pozo, Marcia Salinas Puente, Maritza Puente, Carlos Untui, Samanta Utitiaj, and Marilu Utitiaj.
We have extensively collaborated with researchers from various institutions around the world, including: Brendan Bohannan (University of Oregon), Elizabeth Cashdan (University of Utah), Lauren Christopher (Harvard University), Leda Cosmides (University of California, Santa Barbara), Andrew Delton (Stony Brook University), Lara Dugas (Loyola University Chicago), Geeta Eick (University of Oregon), Peter Ellison (Harvard University), Karen Guillemin (University of Oregon), Steve Josephson (University of Utah), Cara Joyce (Loyola University Chicago), Max Krasnow (Harvard University), Julian Lim (University of California, Santa Barbara), Thom McDade (Northwestern University), Ian Penton-Voak (University of Bristol [UK]), Herman Pontzer (Duke University), Isabel Scott (Brunel University [UK]), Aaron Sell (Griffith University [Australia]), Heather Shattuck-Heidorn (University of Southern Maine), Keaton Stagaman (Oregon State University), Jonathan Stieglitz (Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse), Daniel Sznycer (University of Montreal [Canada]), John Tooby (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Robert Walker (University of Missouri)
The Shuar project has involved numerous students, who have completed dissertations, Masters theses, and undergraduate honors theses that have involved work with the project. Graduate students who were previously involved with the research include: Alese Colehour, Tiffany Gandolfo, Chris Harrington, Sara Khatib, George Pryor, Julia Ridgeway-Diaz, and Terry Rueckert. Undergraduates who have worked with the project in the past are Tyler Barrett, Ali Bedbury, Gabrielle Brereton, Ruby Fried, Eliza Hallett, Lauren Kehoe, Tigest Mequanint, and Sierra Thompson.