Department of Anthropology
University of Oregon
1321 Kincaid Street
Eugene, OR 97403
Associate Vice Provost for
Division of Undergraduate Studies
5256 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Office: 372 Oregon Hall
Global Health Biomarker Lab:
Center for Medical Education and
Research (Labs 104 & 205)
Sacred Heart Medical Center
University District Hospital
722 E. 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Directions to the lab
Winter 2017 Office Hours
& by appointment
(held in 372 Oregon Hall)
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
Other Positions at UO
Richard A. Bray Faculty Fellow, University of Oregon (2014-2017)
Co-Director, Center for Global Health, University of Oregon (2016-)
Director, Office of Distinguished Scholarships, University of Oregon (2016-)
Director, Global Health Biomarker Lab, University of Oregon (since 2007)
Vice President, American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2016-2018)
As part of my role as Vice President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA), I am the primary organizer and scientific chair for the next two annual meetings, which take place in New Orleans (2017) and Austin (2018). These meetings bring together approximately 2000 scientists and take place in conjunction with annual meetings of the Human Biology Association, the Paleopathology Association, and the American Association for Anthropological Genetics. We are particularly excited about the AAPA 2017 program, which includes a record number of abstracts (1300) and an outstanding set of invited sessions.
Also, this year's AAPA will link up with the March for Science, which takes place on April 22 in Washington DC and nearly 300 additional cities around the world. The New Orleans March for Science will begin at 1 pm (CDT) at Duncan Plaza, though programming starts at noon (including speeches by the AAPA President as well as Dr. Agustin Fuentes). We have carved out space in the AAPA program on April 22 to allow our conference attendees to participate in the march.
Why March for Science?
Our officers (Susan Antón, Leslie Aiello, Josh Snodgrass, and Anne Grauer) issued the following statement about the march:
AAPA joins with the March for Science to celebrate our passion for rigorous, non-partisan, evidence-based science. We aim to:
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 main topics:
1) Human adaptation to environmental stressors such as extreme cold
2) The influence of social and environmental change on health, especially cardiovascular disease and diabetes
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 Biomarkers Lab, an immunology/endocrinology 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 currently are involved with research projects in over a dozen countries, including the US.
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)
Graduate student Theresa Gildner was recently awarded an NSF grant for her dissertation research, "Doctoral Dissertation Research: Life history tradeoffs between testosterone and immune function among Shuar forager-horticulturalists of Amazonian Ecuador " (posted 3/5/17)
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)
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 (posted 11/27/16)
The Fall 2016 issue of UO's CASCADE Magazine discusses my role in expanding research opportunities for undergraduates and launching the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE). (posted 9/30/16)
News/Press Archive (Selected Stories)
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