This week on the Sausage of Science, Cara and Chris talk with Dr. Sam Urlacher, an assistant professor at Baylor University. Dr. Urlacher discusses his work examining life history tradeoffs and energetic constraints among Shuar children of Amazonian Ecuador. In addition, he answers questions about possible links between COVID-19 and child development patterns, and also gives some advice on starting a new tenure-track position.

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You can find the papers referenced in the episode here:
“Constraint and tradeoffs regulate energy expenditure during childhood”

“Tradeoffs between immune function and childhood growth among Amazonian forager-horticulturalists”

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