Out for the Sperm Count: mysteries of a declining resource

September 24, 2013

Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Baldwin Auditorium
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA


Since 1974, there has been mounting evidence of declining human sperm counts in several industrialized populations. But there are marked differences in occurrence and timing between regions, suggesting an environmental effect. Sperm counts have not yet declined to levels where fertility is severely threatened, but how serious is the problem and what might the future hold for our species?

Author & Field Museum Curator, Prof. Robert Martin discusses this and more from his new book –
How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction

C2ST will be selling books at the program for $20 each but supplies are limited.

Book Review –
Scientific America
Science News
Publishers Weekly
WTTW Interview –
Chicago Tonight

Robert Martin, Ph.D., is the A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago, as well as a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. He was previously on the faculty of University College London, a visiting professor of anthropology at Yale, a visiting professor at the Musée de l’Homme, Paris, and the director of the Anthropological Institute in Zurich.