Debra Judge

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M309), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Teach biological anthropology at all levels

Graduate Research Coordinator for School of Human Sciences

Vice President, UWA Academic Staff Association

Elected member, Academic Board

Elected representative, Academic Consultative Committee

Research supervisor

Research on family ecology and child growth in East Timor
Intergenerational relationships
Primate social behaviour
Evolution of longevity as a life history trait

Future research

Family well-being in rural Timor-Leste
Life history and health outcomes
Allocare & cooperative breeding in Timor-Leste
Roles of grandmothers and other helpers in Western Australia

Funding overview


Australian Research Council
Univ. Western Australia
National Institutes of Health (USA)
Rockefeller Foundation
Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research

Previous positions

Assistant Professor, UWA 2010-2014
Teaching and Research Fellow, UWA 2002-2010
Professional Research Ecologist, Univ California Davis

Current projects

Influences on family well-being in rural Timor-Leste.
Influences of intergenerational support on Western Australian women's reproductive timing and fertility.
Early life experience, reproductive careers, and women's health

Teaching overview

Coordinator ANHB 3315: Human Evolutionary Ecology
Coordinator ANHB 2215: Biological Anthropology: Human Variation

Coordinator APHB5502 Human Ecology
ANHB 3321: lecturer (demograph)
Primates & Human Evolution (in ANHB1101)
Human Behaviour (ANHB1102)
3310/3320: Applications
Population Growth, Evol of Menopause (ANHB 2216)

GEND2903 Sex,Gender and STEM


Family well-being in rural Timor-Leste.
The socioecology of family living species (including humans).
Life history theory and comparative ecology. Comparative biodemography of lifespan. Intergenerational transfers,
Human behavioural ecology.


functional French
basic Spanish
functional Tetun

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Ecology, PH.D, University of California Davis

Award Date: 10 Mar 1996

External positions

President elect, Women in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences (WEBS)

2020 → …

Consulting Editor, Journal: Evolution and Human Behavior

2017 → …

Consulting Editor, Journal: Human Nature

2016 → …

Industry keywords

  • Children and Young People
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • Behavioural ecology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Comparative biology/ecology
  • Evolution and biological anthropology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Evolutionary demography
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Intergenerational transmissions
  • Life history theory
  • Longevity
  • Parental investment
  • Parental investment theory
  • Primate behavioural ecology
  • Sociobiology
  • Family ecology
  • Timor-Leste


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