Stress and Human Evolution
April 5, 2017
How do trauma, poverty, and racial discrimination influence our health? What about our evolutionary history causes our bodies to respond in this way? Biological anthropologist Zaneta Thayer explores the biological mechanisms through which early life stress influences biology and health later on.
Zaneta Thayer is an assistant professor of biological anthropology at Dartmouth College. She graduated with a B.A. in anthropology and biology from Dartmouth College, and earned her Ph.D. in biological anthropology at Northwestern University. Her research aims to understand how early life environments shape patterns of human biological variation and the biological mechanisms through which environmentally induced variation can shape evolutionary change.
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The SciCafe series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.
This SciCafe event is presented in collaboration with The Leakey Foundation.
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May 3, 2017
Join herpetologist and Museum Curator Frank Burbrink on a journey to the remote forests of Madagascar, where his team recently discovered several new species of reptiles, including the elusive "ghost snake."