Nina G. Jablonski, PhD

    1984 …2020

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    Nina G. Jablonski is Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University.  A biological anthropologist and paleobiologist, she studies the evolution of adaptations to the environment in Old World primates including humans.

    Her research program is focused in two major areas.  Her paleoanthropological research concerns the evolutionary history of Old World monkeys, and currently includes an active field project in China.  Her research on the evolution of human adaptations to the environment centers on the evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation, and includes an active field project examining the relationship between skin pigmentation and vitamin D production.

    Jablonski is currently collaborating on the development of new approaches to science education in the United States.  These approaches have the dual aims of improving the understanding of evolution and human diversity, and stimulating interest among students in pursuing STEM courses and careers.  With the support of NESCent (the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center) and active collaboration of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., she is leading a group of 30 scholars in the development of “genetics and genealogy” curricula for K-12 and undergraduate university students.

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    Biology, A.B., Bryn Mawr College

    Anthropology, Ph.D., University of Washington

    Anthropology, Ph.C., University of Washington

    Researcher Defined Keywords

    • Primate
    • Humans
    • Evolution
    • Fossil Record
    • Environmental Change
    • Human Skin
    • Skin Pigmentation
    • Human Health
    • Human Diversity
    • Racism

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