James Holland Jones


I am a biological anthropologist with research interests in biodemography and the epidemiology of infectious disease. I am currently an assistant professor of Anthropology and a fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University.

The common theme to my research is the use of formal models to understand population process. I use the tools of formal demography, statistics, mathematical epidemiology, and even quantitative genetics to answer questions in the areas of human ecology, population dynamics, the structure of populations, ecological epidemiology, and the evolution of the human life cycle. Some of my current empirical research projects include: (1) the relationship between deforestation, land-use change and vector-borne diseases in Colombia and Southeast Asia, (2) the demography of violence, (3) the biodemography of fertility in 19th and early 20th century Utah, (4) sexual networks and the epidemiology of HIV in Malawi, (5) the demography and epidemiology of SIV in the Gombe chimpanzees. I work on these projects with a wide range of students and collaborators both here and at other institutions. In addition to these data-driven projects, I maintain theoretical interests in life history theory and social networks.

I teach classes on a variety of topics, including Environmental Change and Emerging Infectious Disease, Demography and Life History, Evolutionary Theory, Statistical Methods for the Anthropological Sciences, Bayesian Methods in the Social Sciences, The Evolution of Human Diet. In the Spring of 2010, I will teach a new class entitled "Ecology, Evolution, and Human Health."

Students in my group study a range of topics, ranging from the demography of violence, to the social networks of commercial sex workers, to the economics of bushmeat hunting in central Africa, the the ecology of malaria. While the range of topics is quite wide, all my students receive training in formal demography, evolutionary theory, statistics, and human behavioral ecology.

Selected Publications: 

Keele*, B.F., J. H. Jones*, K. A. Terio*, J. D. Estes*, R. S. Rudicell*, M. L. Wilson*, Y. Li, G. H. Learn, T. M. Beasley, J. Schumacher-Stankey, E. Wroblewski, A. Mosser, J. Raphael, S. Kamenya, E. V. Lonsdorf, J. G. Else, G. Silvestri, J. Goodall, P. M. Sharp, G. M. Shaw, A. E. Pusey and B. H. Hahn. (2009) Increased Mortality and AIDS-like Immunopathology in Wild Chimpanzees Infected with SIVcpz, Nature, 460: 515-519. (doi:10.1038/nature08200). *=equal contribution.

Jones, J.H. (2009) The force of selection on the human life cycle, Evolution and Human Behavior, in press (doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2009.01.005).

Bliege Bird, R., D.W. Bird, B.F. Codding, C.H. Parker and J.H. Jones (2008) Anthropogenic fire mosaics, biodiversity and Australian Aboriginal foraging strategies: a test of the “Fire Stick Farming” hypothesis, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 105(39): 14796-14801. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.0804757105)

Jones, J. H., and B. D. Ferguson. 2008. Demographic and Social Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence in Colombia: A Dyadic Power Perspective. Human Nature. 20(2): 184-203. (doi: 10.1007/s12110-009-9064-6)

Hacker, J.D., L.R. Hilde and J.H. Jones (2009) The Impact of the American Civil War on Southern Marriage Patterns, Journal of Southern History, forthcoming.

Emery Thompson, M., J.H. Jones, A.E. Pusey, S. Brewer-Marsden, J. Goodall, D. Marsden, T. Matsuzawa, T. Nishida, V. Reynolds, Y. Sugiyama, and R.W. Wrangham (2007) Aging
and fertility in wild chimpanzees: implications for evolution of menopause. Current Biology. 17(24): 1-7. (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.11.033)

Jones, J.H. (2007) demogR: A package for the construction and analysis of age-structured demographic models in R. Journal of Statistical Software. 22(10): 1-28.

Jones, J.H. and B.D. Ferguson (2006) Excess male death leads to a severe marriage squeeze in Colombia, 1973-2005. Social Biology. 53 (3-4):140-151.

Handcock, M.S. and J.H. Jones (2006) Interval estimates for epidemic thresholds in two-sex network models, Theoretical Population Biology. 70(2): 125-134.

Jones, J.H. (2005) Fetal programming: Adaptive life-history tactic or making the best of a bad start? American Journal of Human Biology. 17(1): 22-33.

Handcock, M.S. and J.H. Jones (2004) Likelihood-based inference for stochastic models of sexual network evolution. Theoretical Population Biology. 65: 413-422.

Jones, J.H. and M.S. Handcock. (2003a) Sexual contacts and epidemic thresholds. Nature. 423: 605-606.

Jones, J.H. and M.S. Handcock. (2003b) An assessment of preferential attachment as a mechanism for the growth of human sexual networks. Proceedings of the Royal Society of
. B. 270: 1123-1128.