Author Biography: James Josh Snodgrass
Dr. J. Snodgrass’ research interest cover almost every topic related to human biology: adaptations and evolution, nutrition, epidemiology, and the social/behavioral patterns that emerge from them. Specifically, he focuses on elucidating the effect of economic and cultural change plus chronic psychosocial stress on human health patterns, human adaptations to environmental extremes, and energetics and the role of evolution in shaping the human diet. His ongoing work includes the Indigenous Siberian Health and Adaptation Project, The Shuar Health and Life History Project in Ecuador, and his collaborative efforts in studying stress, discrimination, and health among Latin American immigrants in Oregon. His publication topics range from the metabolic correlates to hominid brain expansion to the immergence of obesity in indigenous Siberian populations to muscle mass scaling in primates. He has even published work in the Journal of Forensic Science concerning sex related differences in the aging of the vertebral column and parity assessment utilizing the dorsal pits and pubic tubercle height. He is the membership chair on the executive committee for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, an advisor for the multi-country studies unit for the World Health Organization, and the director of the Human Biology Research Laboratory at the University of Oregon. He recently received the Michael A. Little Early Career award for his outstanding contributions to the field of human biology, and has been distinguished multiple times for his excellent work as an educator and scientist. Currently, he works at the University of Oregon teaching classes on human growth and development, human biological variation, and evolutionary medicine.