Alan R. Rogers

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Alan R. Rogers
Born (1950-08-13) August 13, 1950 (age 71)
Alma materUniversity of New Mexico
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Cashdan
Scientific career
FieldsPopulation genetics
Evolutionary ecology
InstitutionsUniversity of Utah
ThesisVariation of Neutral Characters in Subdivided Populations (1982)
Doctoral advisorHenry C. Harpending

Alan R. Rogers (born August 13, 1950) is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. His research is in the fields of population genetics and evolutionary ecology.[1] He is the author of The Evidence for Evolution.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rogers earned a B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. at University of New Mexico, where he studied under Henry Harpending.


Rogers is best known for his work in population genetics, much of which uses genetic data to study the history of populations.[3][4] He has also contributed to the theory of cultural evolution,[5] to life history theory, and to economic theory on the interest rate.



Selected papers[edit]

  • Rogers, A.R. 1988. Does biology constrain culture? American Anthropologist, 90(4): 819-831.
  • Rogers, A.R. 1991. Conserving resources for children. Human Nature, 2:73-82.
  • Rogers, A.R. 1992. Population growth makes waves in the distribution of pairwise genetic differences. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 9:552-569.
  • Rogers, A.R. 1993. Why menopause? Evolutionary ecology, 7(4):406-420.[6]
  • Rogers, A.R. 1994. The evolution of time preference by natural selection. American Economic Review, 84(3):460-481.[7]
  • Rogers, A.R. 1995. Genetic evidence for a Pleistocene population explosion. Evolution, 49(4):608-615.
  • Rogers, A.R., Jorde, L.B. 1996. Ascertainment bias in estimates of average heterozygosity. American Journal of Human Genetics, 58:1033-1041.
  • Harpending, H.C., Rogers, A.R. 2000. Genetic perspectives on human origins and differentiation. 1, 361-385.
  • Rogers, A.R. 2000. Analysis of bone counts by maximum likelihood. Journal of Archaeological Science, 27(2):111-125.


  1. ^ Nicholas Wade (2006). Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors. Penguin Press. pp. 25–. ISBN 978-1-59420-079-3.
  2. ^ "What Darwin didn't know". UPI Science News, 8 June 2011.
  3. ^ John Savino; Marie D. Jones (2007). Supervolcano: The Catastrophic Event that Changed the Course of Human History (could Yellowstone be Next?). Career Press. pp. 144–. ISBN 978-1-56414-953-4.
  4. ^ Brian Regal (2004). Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates. ABC-CLIO. pp. 262–. ISBN 978-1-85109-418-9.
  5. ^ Geoffrey Miller (21 December 2011). The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. pp. 90–. ISBN 978-0-307-81374-9.
  6. ^ Siegfried Hekimi (1 January 2000). The Molecular Genetics of Aging: 8 Tables. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-3-540-66663-9.
  7. ^ Richard A. Posner (1 April 1997). Aging and Old Age. University of Chicago Press. pp. 71–. ISBN 978-0-226-67568-8.

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