• 3456 Citations
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1984 …2019
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Research interests

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.


Education/Academic qualification

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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Research Output 1984 2019

Skin Pigmentation
Asian Americans

Clay mineral assemblages in the Zhaotong Basin of southwestern China: Implications for the late Miocene and Pliocene evolution of the South Asian monsoon

Li, P., Zhang, C., Guo, Z., Deng, C., Ji, X., Jablonski, N. G., Wu, H. & Zhu, R., Feb 15 2019, In : Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 516, p. 90-100 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

humid zones
clay minerals
clay mineral

Correction to: New Fossil Suid Specimens from the Terminal Miocene Hominoid Locality of Shuitangba, Zhaotong, Yunnan Province, China (Journal of Mammalian Evolution, (2019), 26, 4, (557-571), 10.1007/s10914-018-9431-3)

Hou, S., Su, D. F., Kelley, J., Deng, T., Jablonski, N. G., Flynn, L. J., Ji, X., Cao, J. & Yang, X., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of Mammalian Evolution. 26, 4, p. 573-574 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate


Early lifecycle UV-exposure calibrates adult vitamin D metabolism: Evidence for a developmentally originated vitamin D homeostat that may alter related adult phenotypes

Lucock, M., Thota, R., Garg, M., Martin, C., Jones, P., Furst, J., Yates, Z., Jablonski, N. G., Chaplin, G., Veysey, M. & Beckett, E., Jul 1 2019, In : American Journal of Human Biology. 31, 4, e23272.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

bone disease
vitamin D
Vitamin D
1 Citation (Scopus)

Paleogenome Reveals Genetic Contribution of Extinct Giant Panda to Extant Populations

Sheng, G. L., Basler, N., Ji, X. P., Paijmans, J. L. A., Alberti, F., Preick, M., Hartmann, S., Westbury, M. V., Yuan, J. X., Jablonski, N. G., Xenikoudakis, G., Hou, X. D., Xiao, B., Liu, J. H., Hofreiter, M., Lai, X. L. & Barlow, A., May 20 2019, In : Current Biology. 29, 10, p. 1695-1700.e6

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ailuropoda melanoleuca

Activities 2009 2009

  • 1 Oral presentation

TED Talk

Nina G Jablonski (Speaker)
Feb 1 2009

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation