David Waynforth


  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 464 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research interests


  • Applying theory drawn from evolutionary biology to address current issues in population health.


    Current projects include:


    Understanding health effects of a lifetime of job instability: insights from the study of evolved metabolic responses to environmental uncertainty in animals.


    The health of children born through IVF: which children conceived using IVF should we be worried about?


  • Research methods: I am a proponent of rigorous research and statistical methodology.  My recent research experience is in analysis of large longitudinal health surveys, survival analysis and multilevel modelling.


Academic Background

I received my training and doctorate in biological anthropology, with fieldwork experience in Belize, Central America. After completing my PhD at the University of New Mexico, US in 1999, I was a visiting Associate Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan. I then took up a lectureship in Psychology at Durham University, UK.

In 2006 I moved to the University of East Anglia Medical School, where I integrated evolutionary approaches to studying behaviour and health into the MBBS degree curriculum.

In June 2012 I began my current role as Associate Professor of Behavioural Sciences at Bond University Medical School.

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, University of New Mexico

External positions

University of Durham

University of East Anglia

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Belize Medicine & Life Sciences
mating behavior Agriculture & Biology
Parturition Medicine & Life Sciences
Fees and Charges Medicine & Life Sciences
cohort studies Agriculture & Biology
Medical Students Medicine & Life Sciences
life history Agriculture & Biology
Reproduction Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1995 2018

  • 464 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Ancestral Birth Spacing

Waynforth, D., 23 Oct 2018, Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Shackelford, T. & Weekes-Shackelford, V. (eds.). Springer, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Open Access
Assisted Reproductive Techniques
Child Development
Hyperthermia therapy

Mate copying

Waynforth, D., 2018, Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Shackelford, T. & Weekes-Shackelford, V. (eds.). Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

sex hormones
mating behavior
Open Access
cohort studies
Cohort Studies
2 Citations

Male facial appearance and offspring mortality in two traditional societies

Boothroyd, L. G., Gray, A. W., Headland, T. N., Uehara, R. T., Waynforth, D., Burt, D. M. & Pound, N., 1 Jan 2017, In : PLoS One. 12, 1, e0169181.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
family planning