In the summer of 2020, AAPA initiated a series of webinars to help bring out community together in a time of social-distancing. On this web page, you'll find a list of the more scientifically-oriented webinars. We also hosted three professional development webinars addressing how the covid-19 pandemic affects our professional lives. Please visit this page to watch videos of those events. For future webinars, please visit our main webinar page!

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The Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs of Computational Genomics in Anthropology

Monday November 23rd, 2020

A link to the video can be found here

Many thanks to our sponsor for this webinar, The Royal Society. Follow them on twitter @theroyalsociety

Organizer: Xinjun Zhang (postdoc, anthropological geneticist at UCLA)

Description: Over the last decade, computational genomics has brought a whirlwind of new insights to human evolution. We have so far witnessed a rapid emergence of genomics data and quantitative methods. This month, AAPA brings you a panel of four experts to talk about their fascinating research in human demographic history, with a particular focus on the start-of-the-art analytical methods used in anthropological genomics nowadays, including their assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses.


Voices from Down Under: Biological Anthropology in Australia and New Zealand

Missed it? No worries! Watch the video of this webinar here

Organizer: Tanya Smith, Griffith University 


  • Rebecca Kinaston, University of Otago, Recent bioarchaeological research from Indonesia
  • Cyril Grueter, University of Western Australia, Secondary sexual traits and complex sociality in primates
  • Clare McFadden, Australian National University, Situating bioarchaeology in multidisciplinary approaches to palaeodemography and palaeoepidemiology
  • Andy Herries, La Trobe University, New hominin fossil discoveries from Drimolen Cave, South Africa, and their relevance to the evolution of Paranthropus and Homo erectus 

Co-sponsored by The Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB)

Community Discussion on AAPA's 2021 Annual Meeting

Watch the video of the community discussion on AAPA's YouTube channel.

Tuesday September 15th, 12 PM Eastern Time

Organizer: Anne Grauer, AAPA President


  • Steve Leigh, AAPA President-elect
  • Leslea Hlusko, AAPA Vice President & Program Chair
  • Brett Burk and Lori Strong, Burk Associates

The evolution and history of human diseases: from the archaic hominins to the Black Death and Sars-Cov-2

Watch the video of the human diseases panel on AAPA's YouTube channel.

Monday, August 24th 12:00-1:00pm Eastern Time

Organizer: Eduardo Amorim (University of Lausanne)


  • A New History of the Black Death (and Why It Matters for the History of Pandemics: Monica H. Green (Independent Scholar)
  • The impact of infectious diseases on human evolution: Lluis Quintana-Murci (Institute Pasteur and Collège de France)
  • Patterns of genomic diversity in SARS-CoV-2: Lucy van Dorp (University College London)

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