The evolutionary demography of menopause timing and symptoms
The menopause is often regarded as an evolutionary puzzle due to its apparently maladaptive nature. However, across populations and cultures, there is a large amount of variety in both the timing of natural menopause and the symptoms experienced by women across the menopausal transition.
In this presentation, Megan explores whether the differences in menopause timing globally are facultative or not; and also assesses how the ecology of menopausal women might affect the severity and duration of their menopause symptoms.
About the speaker
Megan completed her undergraduate degree in Human Sciences and Evolution (MSci) at UCL in 2017, and then started a PhD funded by ESRC and BBSRC in 2017 which is due to be finished in 2021. Prior to starting university, Megan had always had a general interest in evolution, which was honed into an interest in behavioural ecology and evolutionary anthropology throughout her undergraduate degree. Now, she focuses on the menopause and how the timing and symptoms of such interact with individual ecology; however, she also has an interest in phylogenetic and comparative methods, evolutionary demography, longitudinal data analysis, kinship, and evolutionary puzzles.