Jane B. Lancaster

Distinguished Professor
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Health Policy-related areas of interest:
Human reproductive biology and the onset, spacing and number of children through the life course.

Research Interests 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Primate Behavior
  • Life History Strategies
  • Human Evolution
  • Evolutionary Ecology and Biology of  Human Reproduction and Sex Roles

I have been most active in the development of the field of Human Evolutionary Ecology in Anthropology. As part of this initiative, I established the Human Evolutionary Ecology graduate training program in UNM’s Department of Anthropology that has granted 32 PhDs since 1992. All but one of these students has a tenure track position, a postdoctoral award or is in biomedical research.
I also edited a series of volumes using an evolutionary ecology/life history perspective under the auspices of the Social Science Research Council: Child Abuse and Neglect (1987), Parenting Across the Life Span (1987) and School‑Age Pregnancy and Parenthood (1986), published by Aldine de Gruyter.  The latter two volumes were also released as second editions in 2008 and 2011 by AldineTransaction Publishers. 
Lastly, in 1990 I established Human Nature: An Inter­dis­ci­plinary Biosocial Perspective, a journal published by Springer.Science. The Human Behavior and Evolution Society and The International Society for Human Ethology have endorsed the journal to their members.  It is also the associated journal for the Evolutionary Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association.  It has received top ratings on the basis of its citation indices:
The most recent Scimago Journal Rank for Human Nature was 31st out of 409 Social Science (miscellaneous) journals. Its SJR rating is 0.161 and its H Index is 35. SJR is a measure of the journal’s relative impact on its field, based on the number of citations and number of articles per publication year as well as the ranking of the citing journals.  The Journal Citation Reports ranking is 10th out of 80 Anthropology journals and 7th out of 37 Social Science/Biomedical journals. Their recently announced 1-year impact factor is 1.955 and the 5-year Impact Factor is 2.482. Human Nature has also recently been accepted for a listing with PubMed which increases its visibility in the medical sciences.