J. Josh Snodgrass, PhD
Department of Anthropology
University of Oregon
1321 Kincaid Street
Eugene, OR 97403
Global Health Biomarker Lab
Lab Location: Pacific Hall 12
Lab Phone: 541-346-5117
Office Hours (for Summer 2018):
Associate Vice Provost for
Undergraduate Research and
Division of Undergraduate Studies
Office Location: PLC 59
Office Phone: 541-346-4823
Center for Undergraduate
Research and Engagement (CURE)
Office of Distinguished Scholarships
McNair Scholars Program
Links to Information on Publications, Research Interests, and Teaching
Global Health Biomarker Lab
Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring
Shuar Health and Life History Project
Indigenous Siberian Health and Adaptation Project
WHO Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)--UO Office
Bones and Behavior Project
Primary Academic Appointments at UO
Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon
Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, University of Oregon
Leadership Positions at UO
Interim Director, McNair Scholars Program, University of Oregon (2018-)
Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE), University of Oregon (2017-)
Co-Director, Center for Global Health, University of Oregon (2016-)
Director, Office of Distinguished Scholarships, University of Oregon (2016-)
Co-Organizer, Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Oregon (2015-)
Director, Global Health Biomarker Lab, University of Oregon (2007-)
Areas of Specialization
Human Biology; Human Nutrition & Energetics; Evolutionary Medicine; Global Health; Mental Health; Growth & Development; Aging; Biomarkers of Physiology and Health; 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)
Outstanding Faculty Advising Award (Certificate of Merit Recipient), National Academic Advising
Association, 2015 (coverage by Around the O)
University of Oregon Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 2014 (coverage by Around the O)
Human Biology Association's Michael A. Little Early Career Award, 2013
Elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2013
Scientist to Watch in August issue of The Scientist magazine, 2013 (see profile and UO coverage)
University of Oregon Williams Fellow for distinguished undergraduate teaching, 2012
University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding research and leadership, 2012
PeaceHealth/Sacred Heart Medical Foundation Clinical Research Recognition Award, 2011
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 five interrelated topics:
1) Human adaptation to environmental stressors such as extreme cold
2) The influence of social and environmental factors on health, especially cardiovascular and metabolic diseases
3) Human nutrition/energetics and the evolution of the human diet
4) The role of chronic psychosocial stress in shaping health and disease
5) Global aging, health, and well-being
(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). More info on our SAGE efforts can be found on the SAGE Eugene Office Homepage.
I direct the Global Health Biomarker Lab, an immunology/endocrinology research lab that focuses on the development and application of minimally invasive techniques for assessing health and physiology in population-based research. The lab is managed by Dr. Geeta Eick and specializes on the development of dried blood spot (DBS) techniques and the application of minimally invasive biomarkers (DBS, saliva, urine, feces, and hair) to global health questions.
We have active research projects in the US and Ecuador, and we provide training and technical support for projects in the US (including in Oregon and Puerto Rico), Russia/Siberia, Laos, Tunisia, UAE, Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya, Republic of Congo, and the SAGE countries (China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa).
After 10 years in the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart University District Hospital, the Global Health Biomarker Lab is now located on the UO campus in 12 Pacific Hall.
Sam Urlacher gave a talk (Childhood energy expenditure in evolutionary and epidemiological perspective: Direct energetic measures among Amazonian forager-horticulturalists), coauthored with me, Lara Dugas, Larry Sugiyama, and Herman Pontzer at the annual meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health, in Park City, UT. (posted 8/5/18)
Thanks to the Eugene Metropolitan Rotary Club, which invited me to give a talk on global health (The development and application of minimally invasive biomarkers for use in global health research) at their July 24th meeting. (posted 7/25/18)
An article in The Scientist magazine profiles our recent work with the Shuar on tradeoffs between growth and immune function. (posted 7/11/18)
A story in UO's Around the O discusses collaborative work led by Klaree Boose (published in the journal Physiology and Behavior) that examined levels of oxytocin and their association with caregiving activities in captive bonobos. (posted 7/11/18)
Congratulations to Noah Simons, who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation (The Role of Gene Regulation in Infectious Disease in the Ugandan Red Colobus Monkey [Piliocolobus tephrosceles]) and will graduate from UO in June 2018. Noah worked in the Global Health Biomarker Lab for several years and I served as a Ph.D. committee member. (posted 5/27/18)
Congratulations to Ali Bedbury, who successfully defended her undergraduate thesis (Associations between Demographic Factors and Fecal Calprotectin in the Indigenous Shuar of Ecuadorian Amazonia: A Window into Inflammatory Bowel Disease [IBD]) as part of the Clark Honors College; Ali will graduate from UO in June 2018. (posted 5/23/18)
Congratulations to Theresa Gildner, who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation (Life History Tradeoffs between Testosterone and Immune Function among Shuar of Amazonian Ecuador: The Impacts of Lifestyle Change and Environmental Factors on Male Reproductive Ecology) and will graduate from UO in June 2018. (posted 5/19/18)
The Shuar Health and Life History Project recently had a paper (Tradeoffs between immune function and childhood growth among Amazonian forager-horticulturalists) published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with Sam Urlacher as the lead author. The UO's Around the O covered the paper. (posted 4/29/18)
Our lab had a good showing at the Western Regional Global Health Conference, with presentations by undergraduates Ali Bedbury (Demographics of Fecal Calprotectin Levels on Ecuadorian Shuar Population) and Aida Goma Petit (Examining variables associated with the underdiagnoses of depression in Mexico), graduate student Alicia DeLouize (Population differences in aging-related inflammation are associated with change of central adiposity), and high school student volunteer Eli Ablow Measelle (Socioeconomic Conditions and Immune Functioning in Mexico: Associations with Health Status). (posted 4/29/18)
Undergraduates Alli Dona and Aida Goma Petit presented posters at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Austin, TX. Alli's poster focused on SAGE data on inflammation as a mediator of depression and diabetes (Inflammation and Waist/Height Ratio as Mediators of Depression and Diabetes in the Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)) and Aida's looked at depression in Mexico using SAGE data (Examining Variables Associated with the Underdiagnoses of Depression in Mexico). Nice work, Alli and Aida! (posted 4/21/18)
As Vice President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, I served as the primarily meeting organizer and Scientific Program chair for the 2017 (New Orleans) and 2018 (Austin) annual meetings. As part of the New Orleans meeting, I helped organize the March for Science, which took place on the final day of the conference. (posted 4/21/18)
Our lab (including Geeta Eick, Josh Schrock, and Alli Dona) supported the 8th annual Dia de Salud health fair during the weekend of April 7 & 8. The health fair is in collaboratively organized with Huerto de la Familia and provides medical and dental care to low income residents of the Eugene/Springfield area. This year it also involved 24 undergraduate volunteers who staffed the event along with volunteer health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, and dentists. (posted 4/16/18)
Congratulations to graduate student Josh Schrock who received a Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research grant for his dissertation project (Parasitic infection, sickness behavior, and immune function among Shuar forager-horticulturalists of Amazonian Ecuador) (posted 12/31/17)
Former graduate student Melissa Liebert (PhD in 2016) is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. Congratulations, Melissa!! (posted 9/1/17)
Congratulations to Heather Shattuck-Heidorn who completed her PhD at Harvard in Human Evolutionary Biology with research in New England with Ecuadorian immigrants and in Ecuador in conjunction with the Shuar Health and Life History Project (The Innate Immune System, Energetics, and the Early-Life Environment). Heather did some of her undergraduate work at UO (as part of an NSE rotation) and worked in the Global Health Biomarker Lab. I served on her dissertation committee at Harvard (posted 5/21/17)
Congratulations to Eliza Hallett for receiving a Human Biology Association Student Member Travel Award to support her travel to New Orleans in April to present her senior thesis research in the form of a poster (The Shuar Health and Life History Project: Chronic helminth infection is associated with kidney function in an indigenous Ecuadorian forager-horticulturalist population) (posted 3/18/17)
Undergraduates Alli Dona, Eliza Hallett, and Tigest Mequanint presented on their research at the Oregon capitol on March 9 as part of UO Day at the Capitol. They were part of a group of 10 UO undergraduates from various STEM disciplines that presented on their work during this day of celebration and advocacy (posted 3/10/17)
Undergraduate Eliza Hallett successfully defended her UO Honors College thesis "Relationships between kidney function, systemic inflammation, and age in the indigenous Shuar of Ecuador: The Shuar Health and Life History Project" (posted 3/6/17)
Undergraduate student lab intern Tigest Mequanint makes an appearance in a video about graduate student Alex de Verteuil and the SCORE (Students of Color Opportunities for Research Enrichment) program; the video is currently on the University of Oregon Homepage. Here's the link to the video (posted 1/15/17)
News/Press Archive (Selected Stories)
Our collaborative research with Dave Raichlen and others on physical activity and cardiovascular health among the Hadza was recently published in the American Journal of Human Biology and profiled in The New York Times and NPR.
Our collaborative work with the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) on the effects of intimate partner violence on cortisol rhythms was covered by the Oregonian/Oregon Live and the UK's Daily Mail, among other media outlets.
Our collaborative research on the evolution of facial attractiveness, led by Isabel Scott of Brunel University and Ian Penton-Voak of the University of Bristol, was profiled on the UO website and picked up by the LA Times, among other media outlets.
Our work on sleep and cognitive function based on the SAGE project was profiled on the UO website, and was picked up by several media outlets such as Huffington Post and NPR (recorded by KLCC and aired on Morning Edition and All Things Considered).
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
Publications on the Horizon