Biological Anthropology

Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health Seminars

Professor Harry Bogin (Loughborough University), 'Stunting does not equal malnutrition: evolutionary perspectyive on human height variation applied to public health', 13 February 2019.

Hal Drakesmith (Radcliffe Department of Medicine, Oxford), 'Iron, infection and anaemia: evolutionary viewpoint on a huge global health problem', 6 February 2019.

Professor John Wells (University College London), 'The dual burden of malnutrition and the obstetric dilemma', 23 January 2019.

Professor Daniel Nettle (Newcastle University), 'Food insecurity of fatness: from evolutionary ecology to social science', 16 January 2019.

Dr Gillian Pepper (Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University), 'Telomores as integrative markers of exposure to stress and adversity: a systematic review and meta-analysis', 28 November 2018.

Dr Abigail Page (University College London), 'Life history, parental investment and health of Agta farmers', 14 November 2018.

Dr Kesson Magid (Department of Anthropology, University of Durham), 'Why are men muscular? Reproductive, hormonal, and ecological hypotheses to explain muscularity within populations of Bangladeshi and British men', 7 November 2018.

Dr Tetyana Vasylyeva (Department of Zoology, Oxford), 'How war is shaping the Ukrainian HIV edpidemic: a phylogeographic analysis', 24 October 2018.


Primate Conversations

Dr Alex Alvergne (SAME, Oxford), 'Is female health cyclical? Evolutionary perspectives on menstruation', 6 March 2019.


Biological Anthropology: Possible Futures

This event was held on 3 November 2016 in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in celebration of the relaunch of Biological Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

What are the possible futures for Biological Anthropology? What can Biological Anthropology offer to the future of humanity?

The event brought together four leading researchers from across the field to explore the challenges faced by Biological Anthropology today. Different visions were presented through a series of short talks from distinguished scientists:

Professor Charlotte Roberts (Archaeology, University of Durham, President of BABAO), Dr Peter D. Walsh (Primatology, Epidemiology, University of Cambridge) and Dr Rebecca Sear (Anthropology, Demography, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Co-founder of EHBEA). Following the short talks, Professor Robert A. Foley (Human Evolution, University of Cambridge) acted as a discussant. The event was hosted and introduced by Dr Alex Alvergne and Dr Nick-Marquez-Grant (Oxford). 

Introduction by Dr Alex Alvergne and Dr Nick-Marquez-Grant (Oxford)


Presentation by Dr Peter D. Walsh (Cambridge)


Presentation by Dr Rebecca Sear (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)


Discussion by Professor Robert A. Foley (Cambridge)



Special Lecture by Dr Peter D. Walsh

Ahead of the Possible Futures event, Dr Peter D. Walsh (Primatology, Epidemiology, University of Cambridge) gave a special lecture on the morning of 3 November 2016 entitled 'Ebola emergence is predictable'.