Department of Anthropology
University of Oregon
1321 Kincaid Street
Eugene, OR 97403
Office: 354 Condon Hall
Office Phone: 541-346-4823
Office Hours: M 2-3, W 10-11
& by appointment
Center for Medical Education
and Research (104 & 215/216)
Sacred Heart Medical Center
722 E. 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Lab Phone: 541-346-0849
Directions to the lab
Note to Prospective Graduate Students
I am looking to take a new graduate student to begin in the fall term of 2014. I am particularly interested in students with lab experience (especially those with a background in immunoassay techniques) and those looking to integrate biomarker methods into their research. Please contact me if you are serious about applying into the program. More information on the Department of Anthropology's graduate admission requirements and process can be found here.
Links to Information on Publications, Research Interests, and Teaching
Human Biology Research Laboratory
Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring
Shuar Health and Life History Project
Indigenous Siberian Health and Adaptation Project
Bones and Behavior Project
Evolutionary Medicine Group
Primary Academic Appointment
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon
Executive Committee & Membership Chair, American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013-2016)
Book Review Editor, American Journal of Human Biology (2013-2016)
Chair, Undergraduate Council, University of Oregon (2012-2014)
Director, Human Biology Research Laboratory, University of Oregon (since 2007)
Advisor, Multi-Country Studies Unit, World Health Organization (since 2005)
Affiliated Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center (since 2010)
Areas of Specialization
Human Biology; Human Nutrition & Energetics; Evolutionary Medicine; Global Health; Growth & Development; Aging;
Human Skeletal Biology
NIA Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Mind and Biology, The University of Chicago (2004-2005)
M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida (1998)
B.A., Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz (1995)
Anth 175: Evolutionary Medicine (Syllabus)
Anth 199: Paging Dr. Darwin (Freshman Interest Group College Connections Course) (Syllabus)
Anth 270: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Syllabus)
Anth 362: Human Biological Variation (Syllabus)
Anth 369: Human Growth & Development (Syllabus)
Anth 468/568: Evolutionary Theory (Syllabus)
Anth 487/587: Bioanthropology Methods (Syllabus)
Anth 610: Current Topics in Biological Anthropology (Syllabus)
(Read more about my courses and teaching philosophy)
My research focuses on human health and adaptation and sits at the intersection of human physiology, evolutionary biology, nutritional sciences, epidemiology, and the behavioral sciences.
My research focuses on four main topics:
1) Human adaptation to environmental stressors such as extreme cold
2) The influence of economic and cultural change on health, especially cardiovascular disease and diabetes
3) Human/primate energetics and the evolution of the human diet
4) The role of chronic psychosocial stress in shaping health and disease
(Read more about my research interests)
Collaborative Field Research
I am part of several large collaborative research teams and am involved in field research projects in northeastern Siberia (Indigenous Siberian Health and Adaptation Project), the Amazon region of Ecuador (The Shuar Health and Life History Project), and several locations within Oregon.
Since 2005, I've also been involved with the World Health Organization's multi-country Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE), a longitudinal study of health and well-being in older adults that focuses on nationally representative samples in six countries (China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa).
Human Biology Research Laboratory
I also direct a human biology research laboratory that focuses on the development and application of minimally invasive techniques (e.g., dried blood spots and saliva) for assessing health and physiology in population-based research.
AAPA Portland 2012
On April 11-14, UO's Department of Anthropology hosted the 81st annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower in Portland, OR. I served as co-chair of the AAPA local arrangements committee (with John Lukacs) and chair of the Human Biology Association local arrangements committee.
The conference, which was attended by over 1700 people, was held jointly with several sister organizations, including the Human Biology Association and the Paleopathology Assocation. For more information, check out the AAPA 2012 Meeting Website.
In addition to organizing and running the conference, UO faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates also presented or contributed to a total of 19 papers at AAPA and 10 at HBA. Five of those papers had undergraduates as the lead author. Check out the UO website for a story about UO Anthropology's role in organizing the meetings.
In 2013, I received the Michael A. Little Early Career Award from the Human Biology Association in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of human biology, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
I was named by The Scientist as their Scientist to Watch in the August 2013 issue of the magazine. Click here for the profile piece from The Scientist and here for an article on the topic from the UO website.
In 2012, I was named as a Williams Fellow in recognition of distinguished undergraduate teaching at the University of Oregon.
I also recently received a Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding research and leadership at the University of Oregon.
In 2011, I received a Clinical Research Recognition Award from the PeaceHealth/Sacred Heart Medical Foundation for my research on stress and health.
Click here for a recent article on cold stress and acclimatization from Discovery News--"Cold Weather's Coming: Is Your Body Ready?"
Here's a link to a story from UO's Around the O on a review article I published in Annual Review of Anthropology on the health of native northern populations.
Click here for a recent news piece in Science about ecological immunology research by the Shuar Health and Life History Project and collaborators Thom McDade and Paula Tallman.
Click here for a recent article from Science on the evolution of the human diet, which discusses some of my research.
Click here for a recent Room for Debate opinion piece from The New York Times that discusses the effects of recent secular trends in height and longevity, and responds to the question "Do we want to be supersize humans?"
Current Research Projects
Bones and Behavior
I'm also a co-organizer (with Susan Antón of NYU) of the Bones and Behavior Working Group, and I manage the website bonesandbehavior.org. Our group is dedicated to fostering a greater synthesis across biological anthropology with the specific aim of developing integrative approaches to research questions concerning human and primate adaptation.
Evolutionary Medicine Group
The Evolutionary Medicine Group is a discussion group that I started in 2008 and is run through UO's Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences. Kirstin Sterner has taken over as organizer of the group for 2012-2013. The group meets every other Thursday during the academic year to discuss recent research in evolutionary medicine and to develop and pursue collaborative research projects.
Papers Under Review
Selected Publications (Publication Archive)