Assoc. Prof. Dr. Martin Fieder

Research Interests

  • Behavior Genetics
  • Evolutionary Demography
  • Social Status and Reproduction
  • Evolution of Religion
  • Human Migration in- group vs. out group attitudes



Bechtold, U., Stauder, N., Fieder, M., & Wilfing, H. (2022). Stuck in the Present: A Human Lack of Ability to Visualise (Different) Needs in the Future May Hamper Timely Implementation of AAL and Supportive Technology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health19(11), 6804.


Göllner, T., Larena, M., Kutanan, W., Lukas, H., Fieder, M., & Schaschl, H. (2022). Unveiling the Genetic History of the Maniq, a primary hunter-gatherer society. Genome Biology and Evolution, 14(4), evac021.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2022). Contemporary selection pressures in modern societies? Which factors best explain variance in human reproduction and mating? Evolution and Human Behavior, 43(1).

Schahbasi, A., Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2022). Marriage in the Melting Pot: An Evolutionary Approach to European Ancestry, Homogamy, and Fertility in the United States. Frontiers in psychology13.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2021). Fertility Outcomes, Heritability and Genomic Associations of In-Group Preference and In-Group Marriage. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 1-9.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2021). The Evolutionary Biology of Religious Behavior. Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society, 7(1), 303-334.

Fieder, M., Mitchell, B. L., Gordon, S., Huber, S., & Martin, N. G. (2021). Ethnic identity and genome wide runs of homozygosity. Behavior Genetics, 1-9.

Bechtold, U., Stauder, N., & Fieder, M. (2021). Let’s Walk It: Mobility and the Perceived Quality of Life in Older Adults. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(21), 11515.

Boland, M. R., Fieder, M., John, L. H., Rijnbeek, P. R., & Huber, S. (2020). Female Reproductive Performance and Maternal Birth Month: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis Exploring Multiple Seasonal Mechanisms. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-13.

 Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2020). Effects of wife’s and husband’s income on wife’s reproduction: an evolutionary perspective on human mating. Biodemography and Social Biology, 65(1), 31-40.

Schahbasi, A., Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2020). Factors affecting attitudes toward migrants—An evolutionary approach. American Journal of Human Biology, e23435.

 Fieder, M., Schahbasi, A., & Huber, S. (2020). Homogamy and Tribalism: How Finding a Match Can Lead to Social Disruption. In the Psychology of Extremism Ed: Katharine Aumer, (pp. 113-120). Springer, Cham.

Wallner, B., Windhager, S., Schaschl, H., Nemeth, M., Pflüger, L. S., Fieder, M., … & Seidler, H. (2019). Sexual Attractiveness: a Comparative Approach to Morphological, Behavioral and Neurophysiological Aspects of Sexual Signaling in Women and Nonhuman Primate Females. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 5(2), 164-186.

Fieder, M., Schahbasi, A., & Huber, S. (2019). Do birds of a feather flock together? Factors for religious heterogamy. Journal of Biosocial Science, 1-17.

Fieder, M., Huber, S., Pichl, E., Wallner, B., & Seidler, H. (2018). Marriage Gap in Christians and Muslims. Journal of biosocial science, 50(2), 145-160.

Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2018). Evidence for a maximum” shelf-life” of oocytes in mammals suggests that human menopause may be an implication of meiotic arrest. Scientific reports, 8, 14099.

Primes, G., & Fieder, M. (2018). Real-life helping behaviours in North America: A genome-wide association approach. PloS one, 13(1), e0190950.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2018). Political attitude and fertility: Is there a selection for the political extreme?. Frontiers in psychology, 9.

Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2018). Mutual compensation of the effects of religious and ethnic homogamy on reproduction. American Journal of Human Biology, 30(1), e23064.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2018). Evolution and Human Reproduction. The Oxford Handbook of Evolution, Biology, and Society, 479. Oxford University Press

Schahbasi A. & Fieder M.  From Tribes to States. Evolutionary  aspects of complex societiesSIAK Journal − Zeitschrift für Polizeiwissenschaft und polizeiliche Praxis (1/2018), 54 63. doi: 10.7396/2018_1_E

Schahbasi A. & Fieder M.  Evolution und Integration − Zeitschrift für Polizeiwissenschaft und polizeiliche Praxis (2/2018), 67-73

Pink, K. E., Schaman, A., & Fieder, M. (2017). Sex Differences in Intergenerational Income Transmission and Educational Attainment: Testing the Trivers-Willard Hypothesis. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 1879.

Huber, S., Zahourek, P., & Fieder, M. (2017). Living with own or husband’s mother in the household is associated with lower number of children: a cross-cultural analysis. Royal Society open science, 4(10), 170544.

Wallner, B., Windhager, S., Schaefer, K., & Fieder, M. (2017). Creativity in Higher Education: Comparative Genetic Analyses on the Dopaminergic System in Relation to Creativity, Addiction, Schizophrenia in Humans and Non-Human Primates. Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 17, 135-142.

Schahbasi A. & Fieder M.  Evolution and Human Migration. Policy Implications of Anthropological Evidence. SIAK. Journal − Zeitschrift für Polizeiwissenschaft und polizeiliche Praxis (3/2017),  96 -105. doi: 10.7396/2017_3_G

Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2016). Worldwide census Data reveal Prevalence of educational homogamy and its effect on childlessness. Frontiers in Sociology, 1, 10.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2016). The association between religious homogamy and reproduction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283(1834), 20160294.,generations%20%5B58%2C59%5D.

Jäschke J. , J., Primes, G., Windhager, S., Fieder, M., & Wallner, B. (2016). Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Fairness on Salivary Cortisol. Evolutionary Psychology, 14(2), 1474704916653487. (Q4)

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2016). The adapting mind in the genomic era. Frontiers in psychology, 7, 78. (Q2)

Pflüger, L. S., Gutleb, D. R., Hofer, M., Fieder, M., Wallner, B., & Steinborn, R. (2016). Allelic variation of the COMT gene in a despotic primate society: A haplotype is related to cortisol excretion in Macaca fuscata. Hormones and behavior, 78, 220-230. (Q1)

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2015). Paternal age predicts offspring chances of marriage and reproduction. American Journal of Human Biology, 27, 339-343.

Sorz, J., Wallner, B., Seidler, H., & Fieder, M. (2015). Inconsistent year-to-year fluctuations limit the conclusiveness of global higher education rankings for university management. PeerJ, 3, e1217.

Schaschl, H., Huber, S., Schaefer, K., Windhager, S., Wallner, B., & Fieder, M. (2015). Signatures of positive selection in the cis-regulatory sequences of the human oxytocin receptor (OXTR) and arginine vasopressin receptor 1a (AVPR1A) genes. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15, 85.

Göllner, T., & Fieder, M. (2015). Selection in the dopamine receptor 2 gene: a candidate SNP study. PeerJ, 3, e1149.

Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2014). Advanced paternal age is associated with lower facial attractiveness. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 298–301.

Windhager, S., Schaschl, H., Schaefer, K., Mitteroecker, P., Huber, S., Wallner, B., & Fieder, M. (2014). Variation at genes influencing facial morphology are not associated with developmental imprecision in human faces. PLoS ONE 9, e99009.

Domjanic, J., Fieder, M., Seidler, H., & Mitteroecker, P. (2013). Geometric morphometric footprint analysis of young women. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 6, 6-27.

Sonnweber, R. S., Stobbe, N., Zavala Romero, O., Slice, D. E., Fieder, M., & Wallner, B. (2013). A new method for the analysis of soft tissues with data acquired under field conditions. PLoS ONE 8, e67521.

Wallner, B., Fieder, M., & Seidler, H. (2012). Ownership of dwelling affects the sex ratio at birth in Uganda. PLoS ONE 7, e51463.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2012). An evolutionary account of status, power, and career in modern societies. Human Nature, 23, 191-207.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2012). The association between pro-social attitude and reproductive success differs between men and women. PLoS ONE 7, e33489.

Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2011). Educational homogamy lowers the odds of reproductive failure. PLoS ONE 6, e22330.

Fieder, M., Huber, S., & Bookstein, F. L. (2011). Socio-economic status, marital status and childlessness in men and women: An analysis of census data from six countries. Journal of Biosocial Science, 43, 619 – 635.

Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2010). Do perinatal winter-conditions affect later reproductive performance in Romanian women? Intra- and intergenerational effects. American Journal of Human Biology, 23, 546–552.

Huber, S., Bookstein F., & Fieder M. (2010). Socio-economic status and reproduction in modern women – an evolutionary-ecological perspective. American Journal of Human Biology, 22, 578–587.

Bookstein, F., Seidler, H., Fieder, M., & Winckler, G. (2010). Too much noise in the Times Higher Education rankings. Scientometrics, 85, 295-299.

Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2009). Reply to D. Cummings “Response to: Strong association between birth month and reproductive performance of Vietnamese women”. American Journal of Human Biology,21, 225.

Huber, S., & Fieder, M. (2009) Strong influence of birth month on reproductive performance of Vietnamese women. American Journal of Human Biology,21, 25-345.

Huber, S., Didham, R., & Fieder, M. (2008). Month of birth and reproductive performance of women: data from the Southern hemisphere. Human Reproduction,23, 1187-1192.

Bookstein,F. L., Fieder, M.,& Huber S. (2008). Spouses age at the same rate: Reply to H. Kokko, “Human parental age difference and offspring count: a comment”. Biology Letters, 4, 261.

Fieder, M., Huber, S., & Bookstein F. L. (2008). Reply to Lindqvist et al. “Does parental age difference affect offspring count in humans? Comment on Fieder and Huber”. Biology Letters, 4, 80-81.

Fieder, M., Huber, S., & Bookstein F. L. (2008) Reply to AR Boyko “Parental age difference and offspring count in humans: a comment on Fieder and Huber”. Biology Letters,4, 83.

Huber, S., & Fieder, M., (2007). Season of birth effects on reproduction. Current Women’s Health Reviews, 3, 182-189.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2007). Parental age difference and offspring count in humans. Biology Letters,3, 689-691.

Fieder, M., & Huber, S. (2007). The effect of sex and childlessness on the association between status and reproductive output in modern society. Evolution and Human Behavior, 28, 392-398.

Jongbloet, P. H., Groenewoud, H. M. M., Huber, S., Fieder, M., & Roeleveld, N. (2007). Month of birth related to fecundity and childlessness among contemporary women. Human Biology, 79, 479-490.

Fieder, M, Prossinger, H., Iber, K., Schäfer, K., Wallner, B., & Huber, S. (2006). Season-of-birth effect contributes to variation of university examination outcomes. American Journal of Human Biology, 18, 714-717.

Fieder, M., Huber, S., Bookstein, F. L., Iber, K., Schafer, K., Winckler, G., & Wallner, B. (2005). Status and reproduction in humans: New evidence for the validity of evolutionary explanations on basis of a university sample. Ethology, 111, 940-950.–kV2QuWpJP-yjbIXdnPcEIlswqUD~w5ABgbN2Zg02cHnClIcsddyj4j3dGDVkxg15DegGpZCW04vP3Wm6GPZfKwYCKIZFDJSZGzwuZYw2WJP7XxNv4A0ikm7rLBW9TRkRDPdpFjcjL0NspJAMMTXPhY3LfsFg0Js1t4Kpzrc13-iVllX~faA~rLn2HKGQhn3VpPwgoTJeGuVrth7Sag35zM62LbKgB-OcHkrWuhVsg__&Key-Pair-Id=APKAJLOHF5GGSLRBV4ZA

Wallner, B., Huber, S., Mitterauer, L., Pavlova, B., & Fieder, M. (2005). Academic mothers have a pronounced seasonal variation in their offspring sex ratio. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 26, 759-762.

Huber, S., Fieder, M., Wallner, B., Moser, G., & Arnold, W. (2004). Brief communication: Birth month influences reproductive performance in contemporary women. Human Reproduction, 19, 1081-1082.

Huber, S., Fieder, M., Wallner, B., Iber, K., & Moser, G. (2004). Effects of season of birth on reproduction in contemporary humans: Brief communication. Human Reproduction, 19, 445-447.

Wallner, B., Fieder, M., & Iber, K. (2003). Age profile, personnel costs and scientific productivity at the University of Vienna. Scientometrics, 58, 143-153.

Millesi, E., Prossinger, H., Dittami, J. P., & Fieder, M. (2001). Hibernation effects on memory in European ground squirrels (Spermophilus citellus). Journal of Biological Rhythms, 16, 264-271.

Prossinger, H., Seidler, H., Weaver, D. S., Schafer, K., Fieder, M., & Weber, G. W. (1999). The iceman under pressure (part I): A description of skull deformations due to 5100 years of glacial action. Collegium Antropologicum, 23, 345-267.

Bookstein, F. L., Schafer, K., Prossinger, H., Seidler, H., Fieder, M., Stringer, C., Weber, G. W., Arsuaga, J. L., Slice, D. E., Rohlf, F. J., Recheis, W., Mariam, A. J., & Marcus, L. F. (1999). Comparing frontal cranial profiles in archaic and modern Homo by morphometric analysis. Anatomical Record, 257, 217-224.

Troje, N. F., Huber, L., Loidolt, M., Aust, U., & Fieder, M. (1999). Categorical learning in pigeons: the role of texture and shape in complex static stimuli. Vision Research, 39, 353-366.