Other Talks in the Series: Aging

Biodemography. I am James Carey, professor at the University of California, Davis and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging at UC, Berkeley.
I've organized this lecture into three broad parts. First, I'll start with the Biodemography of lifespan. I'll talk about concepts, lifespan and sociality, and human lifespan evolution. Then I'll talk about the population biology of the elderly followed by experimental Biodemography.
First, I'll set the stage by defining Biodemography, this is an area of interdisciplinary research in which principles of both biology and demography are integrated and brought to bear on questions concerned with aging, reproduction, and health in humans but which include the use of model, that is non-human animal systems. We have to subdivisions, first, Biological Biodemography, that's mostly animal research and that's what I'll discuss in this lecture. And secondly, the Biomedical Biodemography, that's mostly human research dealing with healthy aging and geriatrics-related research.
Example questions in biodemographic research include, what factors select for extended life span? Or short lifespan? Are there specific limits to lifespan? Do females outlive males under all circumstances? What is the relationship of healthspan to lifespan? And how does reproduction affect longevity? These are just some examples of many.