DANTA Primate Behavior and Conservation Field Course, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Submitted 25 March 2015 by DANTA: Association for Conservation of the Tropics

DANTA Tropical Biology Field Courses 2015

Do you have an interest in primates, tropical ecology and/or conservation?

Are you looking to gain valuable field experience?

Would you like to learn about other cultures?

Would you like to learn more about yourself?

Danta is pleased to announce our 2015 field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

DANTA operates on ...

Online Forensic Anthropology courses

Submitted 23 March 2015 by Tanya Peckmann

Saint Mary's University is offering two exciting online forensic sciences courses!

There are no pre-requisites for these courses so anyone can register.

For more detailed information about the course syllabus please contact the instructor, Stephanie Beland: [email protected]

See attached poster.

Field School - Extinct and Endangered Primates in Madagascar

Submitted 23 March 2015 by Mitchell Irwin


Do you have an interest in primate evolutionary history and how they fit into ecosystems? Living primate ecology & behavior and how to quantify it in the field? The challenges we face in balancing conservation and development? Consider applying to "Madagascar Past and Present: Biodiversity, Extinction and Conservation", led by Dr. Mitch Irwin and Dr. Karen Samonds (a collaboration between Northern Illinois University, University of Antananarivo, and SADABE)! You will: • Learn first-hand about the goals and methods of studying non-human primates, through observations of habituated wild primate groups • Learn about lemur species that were lost to extinction already, and the ...

AAPA Auction 2015

Submitted 23 March 2015 by Susan Anton

Proceeds Benefit Student Travel

THURSDAY MARCH 26th – Grand Ballroom A/B Silent Auction starts at 4:30 pm Live Auction starts circa 6:45

New this year – BUY IT NOW prices for all Silent Auction items.

Silent auction items include scientific and popular books; jewelry; monkey paraphenalia; wine; toys; art; bone-themed clothing and much more!

Live auction features: a Life Membership in AAPA ($1600 value!); Hooton illustrations; Fossil casts; Almonds from California; Curious George Mystery Box; Original Skeleton Art; France Casting gift certificate; an Atlanta hotel room….And much much more….

And in the midst of it all…….Students can ...

Learn About Humanity’s Place in Nature at the Turkana Basin Institute's Origins Field School Semester Abroad Program in Kenya

Submitted 19 March 2015 by Dr. Jason E. Lewis

Do you want to learn about ancient humans and the environments in which they lived, discover fossils and artifacts, and visit field sites where some of the most important prehistoric discoveries were made?

Our Origins Field School addresses the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how we came to occupy that place. Participants will gain hands-on experience in field survey and excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy and more, and will take field trips to important paleontological and archaeological sites, diverse ecological settings, and remarkable geological features throughout the Turkana Basin.

The program is comprised of five, three-credit ...


Submitted 18 March 2015 by Stefano Benazzi

Nowadays the virtual environment is becoming pivotal in anthropology, archaeology, medical and dental field. New technologies for acquiring and post-processing three-dimensional (3D) image data, originally developed for medicine and engineering, are increasingly being applied in anthropology and archaeology for data collection, preservation and analysis. The 3D digital models can be considered as faithful copies of the original data, which can be used for non-invasive analysis, exhibition and, most importantly, for the digital preservation of the world's cultural heritage. Unfortunately, the Cultural Heritage can be stolen or even destroyed: a virtual archive will prevent this from happening by preserving the ...

Field School: Primate Conservation Genetics in South Africa

Submitted 10 March 2015 by Joseph G. Lorenz

This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore conservation issues in primate populations. You will observe primates in their natural habitats, interact with wildlife management professionals, and collect and analyze genetic material from wild populations of primates. You will gain insight into how genetic data are used to facilitate decisions made in managing primate populations for conservation purposes and for economic reasons. To this end, you will learn about the types of genetic data that can be used to answer questions about variation at the level of individuals, families, populations and species. In addition, you will learn field ...

Career Development Panel at AAPA annual meeting 2015

Submitted 8 March 2015 by Joan Richtsmeier

Announcing AAPA Career Development Panel – Friday noon-2 pm "Adversity, Strategy and Success"

Come, share, listen and discuss with our panelists whose very different life experiences will help you navigate your own path to success whether it be in an alternate or traditional job.

The panelists include: Dr. Kristina Aldridge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Her background is in biological anthropology, anatomy, craniofacial development, and neuroanatomy. Her research focuses on the complex interrelationships between development, structure, and function of the human brain. She received her doctorate ...

AAPA 2015 Professional Development Grants

Submitted 8 March 2015 by Joan Richtsmeier

We had a strong set of applications for the 2015 Professional Development. Five proposals were funded, each in the amount of $5000. The five grantees for 2015 are:

Marin Pilloud , University of Nevada Reno “Dental phenotypic variation in Neolithic Anatolia: identifying social structure and population movement in early farming societies”

Elizabeth Quinn, Washington University “I breastfeed, therefore I aam”

Davide Ponzi, University of Chicago “Role of Puberty in the Development of Chronotype in a Rural Caribbean Community”

Sharon Kessler, McGill University “Mouse lemurs as potential sentinels and reservoirs of diseases”

Christopher Shaffer, Grand Valley State University “Ethnoprimatology of the Konashen ...

Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine "Catalysis Meeting": Biodiversity, Conservation and Infectious Disease

Submitted 7 March 2015 by Charles Nunn

On May 4-6, 2015, the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM), the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the Duke Tropical Conservation Initiative (DTCI) will be hosting a Catalysis Meeting on “Biodiversity, Conservation and Infectious Disease.” The organizers are Charles Nunn, Hillary Young, Gavin Smith and Jeffrey Vincent.

The goal of the meeting is to understand how changes in biodiversity impact infectious disease risk in humans and wildlife. Remarkably little effort has synthesized either theory or data on the efficacy of biodiversity and conservation practices as a disease management strategy, the effects of different anthropogenic changes on infectious disease risk ...

Human Biology of Poverty | 2015 SSHB Symposium

Submitted 6 March 2015 by Dr Francisca Alves CArdoso - Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), Portugal

Human Biology of Poverty | 2015 SSHB Symposium Lisbon, Portugal - 2-5 September 2015

Poverty has its nefarious roots embedded in social, political and economic disadvantages and inequalities. It differentially affects various segments of populations, intensifies negative outcomes of growth and development, creates ill-health in terms of infectious and non-communicable diseases, and furthers discrimination in all spheres of life. The complex effects of poverty on individuals and societies vary throughout the lifespan. These outcomes are more often seen among ethnic minorities, migrants, and women and girls. Poverty also strikes differently between developed and developing countries. In extreme situations, such as war and ...

Rohlf Medal 2015

Submitted 6 March 2015 by Paul O'Higgins

Rohlf Medal


The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the family and friends of F. James Rohlf to mark his 70th birthday. He has been a longtime Stony Brook University faculty member and is currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Recipients of the Rohlf Medal will be recognized for excellence in their body of work on the development of new morphometric methods or for their applications in the biomedical sciences, including evolutionary biology, population biology, physical anthropology, and medicine. The term ...

Student Presentation Awards Competition deadline is March 1st

Submitted 27 February 2015 by Anthony Di Fiore

Attention students! The deadline to submit applications for the Student Presentation Awards Competition is March 1st. At its annual meeting, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists awards five prizes to outstanding presentations at the annual meeting whose first author is a student. Four named prizes honor Juan Comas, Aleš Hrdlička, Mildred Trotter, and Sherwood Washburn. These awards are for excellent presentation of either a podium talk or poster. A fifth prize, named for Earnest A. Hooton, is given for the best poster presentation. The Mildred Trotter prize is given for a superior presentation on bones and teeth; the other prizes ...

AAAG Education Event at the 2015 AAPAs: Outreach and Public Engagement in Anthropological Genetics

Submitted 26 February 2015 by Heather Norton

This year's AAAG Education workshop is entitled "Outreach and Public Engagement in Anthropological Genetics" and will take place on Wednesday March 25 from 1-4 pm in Grand Suite 3 of the Hilton. Our speakers include Deborah Bolnick, John Hawks, Ripan Malhi, Joe Orkin, PJ Perry, and Jennifer Raff, who will cover a range of topics relating to science communication and outreach. We will discuss different methods of communication with the public, characteristics of effective science communication, and various ways to incorporate outreach efforts into your research program. The workshop will be run as a panel discussion with plenty of ...

AAPA Auction Items Sought and Auction Photo Contest!

Submitted 25 February 2015 by Susan Anton

The AAPA Auction is nearly here! And once again we are looking for your donated items including your best field photos to auction. If you have items to donate please email Susan Antón ([email protected]) about them. Please send photos to Anne Stone ([email protected]) who with the aid of a group of physical anthropologists, will select ~5 for framing and auctioning. The deadline for submission is March 13, 2015. The AAPA auction will be on Thursday evening at the meetings and all proceeds directly benefit AAPA Student Travel Awards.

Call for participation in our survey about publication practices and performance measurement practices in science

Submitted 24 February 2015 by Stefanie Ringelhan

Dear colleagues,

As part of the FAceS project (www.faces.wi.tum.de/), the Chair for Strategy and Organization (Prof. Isabell M. Welpe) at the Technische Universität München, Germany, is currently conducting a survey about publication practices and performance measurement in science. To attain representative knowledge about publication practices and performance measurement across different countries and disciplines (e.g., biology, physics, chemistry, medicine), we are particularly interested in your assessment and specifications on this topic. Participation in this survey will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants will be offered the chance to participate in the raffle for an iPad mini. Upon ...

AAPA Luncheon featuring Nina Jablonski

Submitted 24 February 2015 by EA Quinn

Saturday March 28, 2015

Dr. Nina Jablonski "Skin Pigmentation is Relevant to Everything that Physical Anthropologists Aspire to Do" Nina G. Jablonski is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. 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.

Lindbergh noon-2 ...


Submitted 23 February 2015 by Ellen Quillen

Four American Association of Anthropological Genetics' (AAAG) Outstanding Trainee Presentation Awards will be given out this year. The Outstanding Trainee Presentations in Anthropological Genetics (OTPAG) prizes are given for the best poster and podium presentations at the HBA or AAPA annual meetings. Each awardee (one each for best student poster, student podium presentation, post-doc poster, and post-doc podium presentation) will receive a $200 cash prize and a one-year subscription to the journal Human Biology. An eligible student must the lead author on the presentation and the one presenting in either a podium or poster format and must be an AAAG ...

Primate field school in Costa Rica: Maderas Rainforest Conservancy

Submitted 23 February 2015 by Dr. Laura Bolt

Are you looking for a primate field school this summer?

I am instructing two sessions of a 4-week Primate Behavior and Ecology field school through Maderas Rainforest Conservancy in the rainforest at La Suerte, Costa Rica. Both of these sessions still have space available for students:

Session 2: June 21 (fly in) to July 19 (fly out) Session 3: July 19 (fly in) to August 14 (fly out)

La Suerte is home to mantled howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and spider monkeys. Students will spend mornings observing and collecting data on monkeys, and afternoons attending daily lectures, participating in group ...

MorphoSource: An open-access, project-based web-archive where researchers and museums can share and access 3D morphological datasets

Submitted 19 February 2015 by Doug M. Boyer


Doug M. Boyer (1), Seth Kaufman (2), Gregg F. Gunnell (3), Edward Gomes (4), James O. Thostenson (5)


(1) Duke University, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Durham, NC, USA; (2) Whirligig Inc., Greenport, NY, USA; (3) Duke University, Duke Lemur Center, Division of Fossil Primates, Durham, NC, USA; (4) Duke University, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Durham, NC, USA; (5) Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Durham, NC, U.S.A.


This article announces the existence of MorphoSource, the first project-based data archive for storing, collaborative sharing ...

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