Dr. David Braun of George Washington University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology in the Anthropology Department chats about the cycles of tool use and niche construction. We talk about how one affects the other and vice versa in cycles, plus the interplay of greater environmental and climate change. Dr. Braun also discusses how we can look into the near and deep past to figure out environmental change.
Dr. Jonathan Marks of the University of North Carolina – Charlotte joins the show to talk about his book, Why Are There Still Creationists? Human Evolution and the Ancestors. We chat about one of the toughest conversations everyone who deals with evolution faces: Speaking with creationists. In the episode, Marks talks about theology and the surprising history between scientists and creationists.
Dr. Bill Schutt, zoologist and author, joins the show to talk about his latest book, Pump: A Natural History of the Heart. We chat about the evolution of hearts, how people learned about how hearts work, and science writing.
Dr. Robert Anemone of the University of North Carolina – Greensboro joins the show to talk about how advances in geospatial tech can help paleoanthropologists find productive sites, along with how he’s used it in his real life field work in the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming.
Dr. Sarah Kindschuh of the DPAA discusses what it’s like to work for federal government to recover and identify members of the U.S. armed services. We also chatted about advice for undergraduates interested in pursuing work as anthropologists.
Dr. Christopher D. Lynn of the University of Alabama joins the show to talk about tattoos and what they can tell us about immune function, health signaling, and cultural meanings. Plus, we talk about sci comm!
Stine Carlsson is a PhD candidate at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland. We discuss strategies for finding a good grad program, dealing with toxic academic environments, choosing a path, and skeletal stress indicators.
Dr. DiGangi from SUNY-Binghamton and Dr. Bethard from the University of South Florida joined the show to discuss their position papers on the use of ancestry in forensic sciences and in the justice system.
What you should read to learn more:
DiGangi, EA, Bethard, JD. Uncloaking a Lost Cause: Decolonizing ancestry estimation in the United States. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2021; 175: 422– 436. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24212
Bethard, J.D. and DiGangi, E.A. (2020), Letter to the Editor—Moving Beyond a Lost Cause: Forensic Anthropology and Ancestry Estimates in the United States. J Forensic Sci, 65: 1791-1792. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14513
Dr. Tara Cepon-Robins of the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs joined me to talk about worms. She talks about humans’ evolutionary arms race with parasites, measuring disgust, and her work among the Shuar people and in the rural southern United States.