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Jeremy Koster

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 454 Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-0020
Email: jeremy.koster@uc.edu


  • Ph.D., Penn State University, 2007 (Anthropology).

Research Information

Research Interests

Economic anthropology, social network analysis, multilevel modeling, human behavioral ecology

Professor Koster studies the relationship between socio-ecological variation and economic decision-making. Focusing on both the production and distribution of material resources, his research elucidates the adaptive strategies that individuals use to subsist in marginal environments. Particularly interested in social dilemmas relating to divisible resources, Koster studies how individuals engage with their kinship networks to mitigate subsistence risks and maximize returns on labor. He also examines the contexts that lead people to contribute to public goods, such as the conservation of natural resources.

Research Support

  • (PI), Koster, Jeremy, The effect of social networks on inequality: A longitudinal cross-cultural investigation, National Science Foundation. (SMA-1743019), $880,000.00. 04/01/2017 to 08/31/2021. Status: Active.


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Koster, J. M. 2008. Hunting with dogs in Nicaragua: An optimal foraging approach. Current Anthropology 49: 935-944.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2008. The impact of hunting with dogs on wildlife harvests in the Bosawas Reserve, Nicaragua. Environmental Conservation 35: 211-220.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2008. Giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) killed by hunters with dogs in the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve, Nicaragua. The Southwestern Naturalist 53: 414-416.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2009. Hunting dogs in the lowland Neotropics. Journal of Anthropological Research 65: 575-610.[Link]
  • Tankersley, K. B., and J. M. Koster. 2009. Sources of stable isotope variation in archaeological dog remains. North American Archaeologist 30: 361-375.
  • Koster, J. M., J. J. Hodgen, M. D. Venegas, and T. J. Copeland. 2010. Is meat flavor a factor in hunters' prey choice decisions? Human Nature 21: 219-242.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2011. Hypothetical rankings of prospective husbands for female kin in lowland Nicaragua: Consensus analysis indicates high agreement and associations with wealth and hunting skill. Evolution and Human Behavior 32: 356-363.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2011. On the Analysis of Risk-Sensitive Foraging: A Comment on Codding et al. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B: Biological Sciences 278: 3171-3172.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2011. Inter-household meat sharing among Mayangna and Miskito horticulturalists in Nicaragua. Human Nature 22: 394-415. [Link]
  • Koster, J. M., and K. B. Tankersley. 2012. Heterogeneity of hunting ability and nutritional status among domestic dogs in lowland Nicaragua. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109: E463-470.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M., and M. D. Venegas. 2012. Learning aspects of subsistence hunting via a conformist bias could promote optimal foraging in lowland Nicaragua. Journal of Cognition and Culture 12: 203-222.[Link]
  • Walker, R., S. Beckerman, M. Flinn, M. Gurven, C. von Rueden, K. Kramer, R. Greaves, L. Córdoba, D. Villar, E. Hagen, J. Koster, L. Sugiyama, T. Hunter, K. Hill. 2013. Living with kin in lowland horticultural societies. Current Anthropology 54: 96-103.[Link]
  • Koster, J., M. Grote, and B. Winterhalder. 2013. Effects on household labor of temporary out-migration by male household heads in Nicaragua and Peru: An analysis of spot-check time allocation data using mixed-effects models. Human Ecology 41: 221-237.[Link]
  • McElreath, R., and J. Koster. 2014 Using multilevel models to estimate variation in foraging returns: Effects of failure rate, harvest size, age, and individual heterogeneity. Human Nature 25: 100-120.[Link]
  • Koster, J., and G. Leckie. 2014. Food sharing networks in lowland Nicaragua:  An application of the social relations model to count data. Social Networks 38: 100-110.[Link]
  • Koster, J., G. Leckie, A. Miller, and R. Hames. 2015. Multilevel modeling analysis of dyadic network data with an application to Ye’kwana food sharing. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 157: 507-512.[Link]
  • Winking, J., and J. Koster. 2015. The fitness effects of men’s family investments: A test of three pathways in a single population. Human Nature 26:292-312.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M., O. Bruno, J. L. Burns. 2016. Wisdom of the elders? Ethnobiological knowledge across the lifespan. Current Anthropology 57:113-121.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M., and R. McElreath. 2017. Multinomial analysis of behavior: Statistical methods. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71:138.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. Family Ties: The Multilevel Effects of Households and Kinshp on the Networks of Individuals. Royal Society Open Science (forthcoming)

Book Chapter

  • Koster, J. M., and A. J. Noss. 2014. Hunting dogs and the extraction of wildlife as a resource. Free-Ranging Dogs and Wildlife Conservation. Edited by Matthew Gompper, pp. 265-285. Oxford University Press.

Other Publications

  • Koster, J. M. 2006. Assessing the sustainability of Baird’s tapir hunting in the Bosawas Reserve, Nicaragua. Tapir Conservation 15: 23-28.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2006. The use of The Observer 5.0 and a Psion handheld computer in a remote fieldwork setting. Field Methods 18: 430-436.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2009. Costly signaling and consensus analysis. Anthropology News 50 (7): 54.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2010. Informant rankings via consensus analysis: A reply to Hill and Kintigh. Current Anthropology 51: 257-258.[Link]
  • Koster, J. M. 2012. An extended comment on the analysis of risk-sensitive foraging among the Aché of Paraguay and a brief reply to Codding et al. University of Cincinnati Graduate Student Journal of Anthropology 4: 14-18.[Link]