Title: The Evolution of Human Skin Pigmentation as a Long and Complex Biocultural Phenomenon
Date: Saturday 13 May 2023
Time: 9.15-9.45 JPN
Nina Jablonski, PhD, is a biological anthropologist who studies primate and human evolution, especially questions not answered directly from the fossil record such as the evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation. She grew up in rural upstate She received an A.B. in Biology at Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Washington. She has held academic positions at the University of Hong Kong, The University of Western Australia, the California Academy of Sciences, and The Pennsylvania State University. She is an elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a recipient of an Alphonse Fletcher, Sr., Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In addition to a large body of peer-reviewed scientific papers, Jablonski has written two popular books for adults: Skin: A Natural History (2006) and Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color (2012), as well as a book for children, Skin We Are In (2018). A dedicated public scientist and science educator, Jablonski received an honorary doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 2010 for her contribution to the worldwide fight against racism.