Volume 19 - Article 40 | Pages 1501-1512

Biodemography comes of Age

By Kenneth W. Wachter

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Date received:10 Aug 2007
Date published:26 Aug 2008
Word count:3464
Keywords:aging in the wild, biodemography, evolutionary demography, longevity
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2008.19.40
 

Abstract

Biodemography has emerged and grown over the last fifteen years, with loyal and farsighted support from its patrons. As it enters what might be called its adolescence as a field, it faces challenges along with abounding opportunities. One challenge is to continue to generate knowledge that contributes to human health and well-being. A second is to insist on high standards of quality control within its cross-disciplinary environment. Opportunities appear in a variety of directions, including mathematical modeling, genomic analyses, and field studies of aging in the wild.

Author's Affiliation

Kenneth W. Wachter - University of California at Berkeley, United States of America [Email]

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