Eric L. Charnov (born October 29, 1947 ) is an American evolutionary ecologist. He is best known for his work on foraging, especially the marginal value theorem, and life history theory, especially sex allocation and scaling/allometric rules. He is a MacArthur Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Three of his papers are Science Citation Classics.
His research interests are:
Metabolic ecology: temperature and body size in the determination of biological times and rates; Evolutionary ecology: population genetics, evolutionary game theory, and optimization models to understand the evolution of life histories, sex allocation, sexual selection, and foraging decisions.
- Charnov, E.L. 1993. Life History Invariants. Oxford University Press, 167 pp.
- Charnov, E.L. 1982. The Theory of Sex Allocation. Princeton University Press, 355 pp