Louis Calistro Alvarado

  • Assistant Professor

Louis Calistro Alvarado completed his PhD at the University of New Mexico in 2015 with a primary concentration in Evolutionary Anthropology and a secondary concentration in Integrative Biology. His interests include human evolutionary ecology, reproductive physiology, prostate cancer epidemiology, social inequity and health disparities.

Dr. Alvarado is Acting Editor of Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective. Human Nature is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to advancing the interdisciplinary investigation of the biological, social, and environmental factors that underlie human behavior.

Research Description

Dr. Alvarado’s research concentrates on men’s life history, reproductive physiology, and health. He conducts field research at a rural agricultural village located within the Polish Carpathian Mountains. He uses non-invasive hormone sampling procedures to examine interactions between men’s testosterone levels, work demands, parenting, musculoskeletal function, and senescence. In a complementary line of epidemiological research, he investigates population and lifespan variation in hormone exposure and prostate cancer risk.


Alvarado LC, Valeggia C, Ellison PT, Lewarch CL, Muller MN. (in press). A comparison of men’s life history, aging, and testosterone levels among Datoga pastoralists, Hadza foragers, and Qom transitional foragers. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology.

Alvarado LC, Muller MN, Eaton M, Emery Thompson M. 2018. Steroid Hormone Reactivity in Fathers Watching Their Children Compete. Human Nature 29:268-82.

Alvarado LC, Muller MN, Emery Thompson M, Klimek M, Nenko I, Jasieńska G. 2015. The Paternal Provisioning Hypothesis: Effects of Workload and Testosterone Production on Men’s Musculature. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158:19-35.

Klimek M, Galbarczyk A, Nenko I, Alvarado LC, Jasienska G. 2014. Digit ratio (2D:4D) as an indicator of body size, testosterone concentration and number of children in human males. Annals of Human Biology 41(6):518-523.

Alvarado LC. 2013. Do evolutionary life history tradeoffs influence prostate cancer risk? A review of population variation in testosterone levels and prostate cancer disparities. Evolutionary Applications 6(1): 117-133.

Emery Thompson M, Alvarado LC. 2012. Human sexual conflict and sexual coercion in comparative evolutionary perspective. In Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans. Edited by A Goetz & T Shackelford. Oxford University Press. pp. 100-121.

Alvarado, LC. 2011. Total testosterone in young men is more closely associated than free testosterone with prostate cancer disparities. Therapeutic Advances in Urology 3(3): 99-106.

Alvarado, LC. 2010. Population differences in the testosterone levels of young men are associated with prostate cancer disparities in older men. American Journal of Human Biology 22:449–55.