Research Activities

exterior of Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex at the University of Toronto MississaugaThis page features recent publications, conference presentations, and research talks by UTM Anthropology faculty and graduate students. Learn more about our faculty research interests.


2020

Dr. Guilherme Debortoli and Cristina Abbatangelo, a postdoctoral fellow and Masters student, respectively, in Prof. Esteban Parra’s lab, are co-first authors of a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports. The study, which was done as part of a collaboration led by Prof. Manjari Jonnalagadda, from Symbiosis International University in Pune (India), provided novel insights on demographic history of four tribal and two caste groups from West Maharashtra (India) using genome-wide data. (Posted July 2, 2020)


Prof. Esteban Parra and his collaborators from Brazil, led by Prof. Celso Teixeira Mendes-Junior, from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), published an article in the Journal Forensic Science International: Genetics, in which they provided insights on hair, skin and eye color of ancient and modern Native Americans based on DNA sequencing data. (Posted July 2, 2020)


Dr. Lauren Schroeder published a review article entitled “Revolutionary Fossils, Ancient Biomolecules, and Reflections in Ethics and Decolonization: Paleoanthropology in 2019.” in the journal American Anthropologist. This contribution marks the first time that American Anthropologist has invited a year-in-review piece focused solely on paleoanthropological research. (Posted June 26, 2020)


Dr. Lauren Schroeder is a co-author on a paper entitled “Can bony labyrinth dimensions predict biological sex in archaeological samples?” published in the Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports. The paper aimed to test the applicability of a published equation used to predict biological sex from measurements of the inner ear. Results show that the use of this equation was more unreliable than other methods of sex estimation. (Posted June 26, 2020)


Dr. Lauren Schroeder was awarded a 5 year NSERC Discovery Grant to support her research program “Reconstructing evolutionary process in hominin evolution”. (Posted June 26, 2020)


Dr. David Samson was awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant to support his research program “Activity around the clock: The evolution of sleep in human and non-human primates”. (Posted June 26, 2020)


Dr. Trevor Orchard and his research collaborators have recently published an article exploring the nature of Atlantic salmon spawning and migratory behavior in New York state prior to the historic extirpation of Atlantic salmon from the area. Stable isotope analysis of a small sample of archaeological salmon bones from the area, identified through traditional zooarchaeological analysis and ancient DNA analysis, demonstrate that these individuals were all fresh water residents that did not migrate to the Atlantic ocean and then back to fresh water, but rather spent their entire life cycle in the Lake Ontario system. The article is published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. (Posted June 3, 2020)


Dr. Madeleine Mant published an article entitled "Medicine by correspondence in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1911" in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. This piece explores how individuals in rural and remote communities in Newfoundland and Labrador communicated with their doctors via letter at the beginning of the 20th century. (Posted June 1, 2020)


Dr. Madeleine Mant published a piece entitled "Behind the Beak: Plague Doctor Iconography in 2020" in the online medical humanities journal Synapsis. The article traces the medical anthropological and historical foundations of the Plague Doctor image and how it persists today. (Posted June 1, 2020)

Dr. Rosenberg Larsen recently published an article in the journal Psychology, Public Policy & Law, entitled: "Are Psychopathy Checklist (PCL) Psychopaths Dangerous, Untreatable, and Without Conscience? A Systematic Review of the Empirical Evidence". The article was co-authored with two colleagues from Okanagan College (B.C.), Dr. Jarkko Jalava and Dr. Stephanie Griffiths. In the article, the authors systematically review hundreds of studies on clinically diagnosed psychopaths, and concludes that the empirical evidence "disprove widespread beliefs" about psychopaths, such as them being extraordinarily dangerous social predators, unresponsive to rehabilitation programs, and without conscience. The results of this study "questions the current and future role" of the psychopathy construct in forensic settings. (Posted May 27, 2020)


Dr. Tracey Galloway and her co-investigators recently published the first of a series of papers on how Nunavummiut – people who live in Nunavut communities – experience care for complex diseases like cancer. The research was a collaboration with Iqaluit-based Qaujigiartiit Health Research CentreNunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, and the Nunavut Department of Health. The paper, entitled “Perspectives of Nunavut patients and families on their cancer and end of life care experiences”, was published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health. It describes the experiences of people living in remote, northern communities who must travel long distances by air to access complex medical care. (Posted May 27, 2020)


Professor Esteban Parra and his collaborator Dr. Michel Naslavsky from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil were awarded an Accelerator Grant in Genomic Medicine from the McLaughlin Centre. This award will make it possible to analyze genomic variation in a sample of more than 1,000 elderly individuals from Brazil. Additionally, the award will support a pilot project focused on the characterization of somatic mutation rates and telomere length variation associated with aging. (Posted May 4, 2020)


Professor Andrea Muelebach (together with colleagues from UC Santa Cruz, Stanford, and others) is co-organizing Distribute 2020: the biennial conference of the Society for Cultural Anthropology and Society for Visual Anthropology. Distribute 2020 is a low-cost, highly accessible, nearly-carbon-neutral conference. (Posted April 28, 2020)


Dr. Madeleine Mant and collaborators has been awarded a University of Toronto COVID-19 Action Initiative grant for their project "Going Viral: COVID-19 and Risk in Young Adult Health Behaviour Models." (Posted April 28, 2020)

Dr. Trevor Orchard and colleagues have published a paper entitled "Investigating the sex-selectivity of a middle Ontario Iroquoian Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) fishery through ancient DNA analysis" in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. The paper uses ancient DNA methods to determine the sex of a sample of salmon and lake trout bones from a mid- to late-13th century AD site in Mississauga to explore the possibility that the site occupants practiced sustainable, sex-selective fishing. (Posted April 13, 2020)


Professor Tracy Rogers and research collaborators including graduate student Jenna Schall have published a paper titled Breaking the Binary: The Identification of Trans-women in Forensic Anthropology in the journal Forensic Science International. The purpose of this research is to examine the impact of facial feminization surgery (FFS) on measurement-based methods of cranial sex assessment, such as discriminant function analysis, with a goal to develop guidelines for correctly recognizing and supporting the identification of trans-women. (Posted March 11, 2020)


Dr. Trevor Orchard and research collaborators have published an article titled “Deforestation caused abrupt shift in Great Lakes nitrogen cycle” in the journal Limnology and Oceanography. The paper uses stable isotope analysis and Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) analysis of a large sample of fish remains from archaeological sites, museum collections, and modern published studies in southern Ontario to provide a long-term (roughly the past 800 years) perspective on patterns in the nitrogen cycle of Lake Ontario. The study argues that an abrupt shift in the nitrogen isotope composition of Lake Ontario fishes in the early to mid-19th century, after a multi-century period of relative stability, best corresponds to the initiation of industrial-scale forest clearance in the region. (Posted March 11, 2020)


Dr. Madeleine Mant published a paper titled For those in peril on and off the sea: Merchant marine bodies in 19th-century Newfoundland in the International Journal of Maritime History. This paper highlights the healthcare experiences of the 19th-century North Atlantic maritime workforce. This research is the first to shed light on to how long individual seafarers were docked in port before seeking healthcare, revealing previously hidden nuances of merchant seafarer morbidity. (Posted March 10, 2020)


Dr. Madeleine Mant published a book chapter titled Violence and the marked body: (in)visible trauma in London during the long eighteenth century. In Mounsey, C. & Booth, S. Bodies of Information: Reading the Variable Body from Roman Britain to Hip Hop (pp. 91-108). Routledge. 

Dr. Mant is one of the Series Editors for Routledge's new series: Routledge Advances in the History of Bioethics: Interdisciplinary Analyses for Modern Predicaments. She has a paper in the first volume, exploring violence-related injuries in the skeletal remains of individuals from 18th-century London, UK. (Posted March 10, 2020)


In February, Dr. Tracey Galloway and MSc student Pia Dimayuga from Civil and Mineral Engineering visited the community of Bearskin Lake, in Northern Ontario. The visit provided opportunity for the pair to meet with Chief Rodney McKay and members of Bearskin Lake First Nation to discuss barriers to food security in the far north community, which lacks year-round, all-weather road access and is reliant on commercial flights for the majority of its essential goods and services. (Posted March 10, 2020)


Professor Stephen Scharper and his colleague Tanhum Yoreh co-authored a book chapter titled Food Waste, Religion, and Sprituality: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim approaches in Routledge Handbook of Food Waste. (Posted March 10, 2020)


Dr. Trevor Orchard and colleagues have published an article entitled “Dietary plasticity and the extinction of the passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius)” in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews. The article uses a combination of isotopic analysis, ancient DNA analysis, and traditional zooarchaeological approaches to explore dietary patterns among the now-extinct passenger pigeon throughout the past 1000 years in southern Ontario. (Posted February 27, 2020)


Professor Firat Bozcali published an article titled What Can Acronyms Tell Us? Media Coverage and the Limits of Proxy War Analysis in Northeast Syria on Political and Legal Anthropological Review's (PoLAR) website in their Ethnographic Explainers series. (Posted February 6, 2020)


Professor Firat Bozcali's book chapter, entitled "Money for Life: Border Killings, Compensation Claims and Life-Money Conversions in Turkey’s Kurdish Borderlands", in Banu Bargu's Turkey's Necropolitical Laboratory: Democracy, Violence, Resistance is published by Edinburgh University Press. (Posted February 6, 2020)


2019

red phone booths on streetProfessor Todd Sanders (with Elizabeth Hall) presented a paper titled ‘Intimacy and Awkwardness: Producing Anthropological Knowledge on Shale Gas in England.’ Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association/Canadian Anthropology Society, Vancouver, BC 20–24 November 2019. (Posted December 13, 2019)


Prof. Stephen Scharper published a chapter entitled “A Compassionate Science: Pope Francis, Climate Change, and the Fate of the Earth“ in Integral Ecology for a More Sustainable World: Dialogues with Laudato Si. Ed. Dennis O’Hara et al. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2019, 29-38. (Posted December 12, 2019)


Dr. David Samson and colleauges recently published an article titled "Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) Group Sleep and Pathogen-Vector Avoidance: Experimental Support for the Encounter-Dilution Effect" in the International Journal of Primatology. (Posted December 12, 2019)


Dr. Novroski wearing surgical mask

Dr. Nicole Novroski appeared on a CBC podcast to discuss forensic geneaology. She explained how cold case murders, sexual assaults, and unidentified person cases once thought unsolvable are being cracked thanks to the proliferation of retail DNA kits and public genetic databases and what this could mean for the future of cold case investigations. (Posted December 9, 2019)


Professor Sarah Hillewaert gave a lecture at the University of Michigan about her new book entitled “Morality at the Margins: Youth, Language, and Islam in Coastal Kenya”. The talk was cosponsored by the University of Michigan's Muslim Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, African Studies Center, and James Madison College. (Posted November 15, 2019)


Dr. Rosenberg Larsen recently published an article in The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal entitled: "Psychopathy Treatment and The Stigma of Yesterday's Research". The editor Sandra L. Borden describes this contribution as challenging "the conventional wisdom of the medical establishment". In his article, Dr. Rosenberg Larsen documents how psychopathy assessments are used to discriminate people from treatment and rehabilitation efforts, a medically erroneous practice allegedly rooted in a history of misleading research. Instead, Dr. Rosenberg Larsen points to research that suggests that so-called psychopaths can gain from treatment/rehabilitation programs with similar success rates compared to non-psychopathic offenders. Larsen, R. R. (2019). Psychopathy Treatment and the Stigma of Yesterday’s Research. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 29(3), 243-272.

This article also figured as a chapter in a recent book publication by Routledge, "Ethics and Errors in Medicine": Larsen, R. R. (2019). “Psychopathy Treatment and the Stigma of Yesterday’s Research”. In Allhoff, F. and Borden, S. (eds.), Ethics and Error in Medicine. New York: Routledge. (Posted November 15, 2019)


Dr. Rosenberg Larsen figured in various outreach publications. In an article in The Etobicoke Guardian, Dr. Rosenberg Larsen was interviewed about the phenomenon of so-called con-artists. A similar interview was conducted by UTM student magazine The Medium. Finally, a portrait of Dr. Rosenberg Larsen's research interests was published on the UTM News website(Posted November 15, 2019)


Professor Sarah Hillewaert was awarded the UTM Annual Research Prize in the Social Sciences for her outstanding contributions to her field in the areas of how young people negotiate social relations and positions in contexts of social change and globalization. (Posted October 21, 2019)


Dr. Madeleine Mant is the lead author of a paper concerning perimortem hip fractures in the Terry Anatomical Collection (Smithsonian Institution) which suggests that eburnation should be added to the list of perimortem fracture identification criteria. The paper appears in the International Journal of Paleopathology(Posted October 7, 2019)


book cover showing two figures wearing hijabs walking between buildingsProfessor Sarah Hillewaert’s book Morality at the Margins: Youth, Language, and Islam in Coastal Kenya is expected to be released in early November and is now available for pre-order. Her ethnography documents the everyday life of Muslim youth living along East Africa’s coast. Using a linguistic anthropological approach, Prof. Hillewaert documents how young Muslims negotiate changing understandings of morality through everyday practices, including ways of speaking, modes of dress, and bodily practices. (Posted October 7, 2019)

 


Professor David Samson was awarded the CSS Roger Broughton Young Investigator Award 2019 at the World Sleep Society Conference in Vancouver. (Posted September 30, 2019)


Frida Lona-Durazo, a Ph.D. student in Prof. Esteban Parra’s research group, has published a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies that provides new insights on the genetic architecture of skin pigmentation in recently admixed populations. The article has been published in the journal BMC Genetics(Posted August 16, 2019)


Prof. Esteban Parra and his colleagues from Mexico have collaborated with researchers throughout the world in a large study that identified genetic markers associated with childhood obesity. This research uncovered a previously undescribed variant. Additionally, the study narrowed down the causative variants at four known loci to less than ten polymorphisms. This article has been published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics(Posted August 16, 2019)


Dr. Rosenberg Larsen and colleague, Dr. David Sackris (Arapahoe Community College), recently published an article in The Journal of Value Inquiry critiquing a well-known philosophical theory that defines "aesthetic experience". David Sackris & Larsen, R. R. (2019). A Consideration of Carroll's Content Theory. The Journal of Value Inquiry, 1-13. (Posted August 16, 2019)


Dr. Rosenberg Larsen and colleague, Dr. Janna Hastings (University College London), recently presented a research project they have been working on for the past year at various conferences in Europe. In this work they propose a novel method to expand, standardize, and bring semantic coherence to the terminology used to describe symptoms in psychiatric diagnostics; a recurring problem in the attempt to facilitate accurate and reliable data annotation, as well as interdisciplinary research integration in mental health research. The project is titled: "Mapping the Patient's Experience: An Applied Ontological Framework for Phenomenological Psychopathology".

  • 25-27 April: Nordic Society for Phenomenology (NoSP) 2019 annual meeting, University of Copenhagen.
  • 4-6 June: San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy 2019 (SRSSP 2019), San Raffaele University.
  • 14-16 June: Swedish Congress of Philosophy (Filosofidagarna), University of Umeå.

(Posted August 16, 2019)


Professor Lauren Schroeder is a co-author of a paper that reviews the morphological and genetic evidence of hybridization across several organisms, and how this evidence can inform studies of hybridization in human evolution. The paper was just published in Evolutionary Anthropology. (Posted June 21, 2019)


Prof. Gary Crawford and Prof. David Smith just returned from China where they are investigating the shift to rice agriculture in Zhejiang Province. Hosted by Fudan University in Shanghai they documented a collection of pottery Crawford and colleagues recovered from the Huxi site (9000-8500 years old) in 2017. Read more about their research trip(Posted June 20, 2019)

The team at Fudan University.
The team at Fudan University.


Prof. Sarah Hillewaert is spending the summer months in Kenya, conducting preliminary research for a new project that focuses on a new trend in Eastern Africa: wellness voluntourism.  In particular, she explores how American and European yoga practitioners promote yoga and broader ‘alternative lifestyles’ among remote communities in Coastal Kenya, as a new form of development that Kenyans need. In doing so, she hopes to examine how discourses of secular spirituality, proper bodily disposition, and mindful living are linked to notions morality, development, and progress. (Posted June 20, 2019)


Dr. Nicole Novroski and colleague, Dr. Frank Wendt (Yale University), recently published an article in Forensic Science International: Genetics discussing identity informative SNP associations with heritable trait phenotypes(Posted June 19, 2019)


Dr. Carolan Wood and coauthors, led by Dr. Laura Lockau (McMaster University), published an article in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, which takes the innovative step of considering individuals of all age groups and disease states via aspects of a life course perspective in order to shed light on biocultural factors contributing to vitamin D deficiency in the Roman period assemblage from Isola Sacra, Italy (1st–3rd century AD). (Posted June 19, 2019)


Dr. Carolan Wood and colleague Jubal Jamieson (Cayuga, Wolf clan, Haudenosaunee of the Grand River) recently presented at the University of Toronto Teaching and Learning Symposium: Learning Spaces + Places. Their talk 'Making Spaces for Indigenous Perspectives and Teaching Practice’ discussed a critical and authentic approach to decolonizing the curriculum by the participation of Indigenous educators to explicitly connect Indigenous perspectives and knowledge to bioanthropological theory and practice. View the full program(Posted June 19, 2019)


Dr. Samson with lemur
Primates that keep erratic schedules tolerate sleep loss better than night-time sleepers. 

Professor David Samson's latest latest publication on sleep and cognitive function in lemurs is featured in Nature Research Highlights. Based on these findings, the links between sleep, learning, and memory consolidation appear to be evolutionarily conserved in primates. (Posted May 15, 2019) 


Dr. Rosenberg Larsen recently published an article in the European Journal of Analytic Philosophy on how to tackle the prevalence of false-positives in forensic population samples when studying so-called psychopathic personalities: Larsen, R. R. (2018). False-Positives in Psychopathy Assessment: Proposing Theory-Driven Exclusion Criteria in Research Sampling. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 14(1), 33-52. (Posted April 15, 2019)


Dr. Rosenberg Larsen and colleague, Dr. Janna Hastings (University of Cambridge), recently published an article in Frontiers in Psychiatry proposing a novel method for integrating and synthesizing large, diverse data sets in mental health research. Larsen, R. R. and Janna Hastings (2018). From Affective Science to Psychiatric Disorder: Ontology as Semantic Bridge. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9(487), 1-13. (Posted April 15, 2019)


Professor Esteban Parra and his collaborators from India, led by Professor Manjari Jonnalagadda, have published the results of a genome-wide association study of skin and iris pigmentation in individuals of South Asian Ancestry. The study, which has been published in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution, identified genetic variants that are associated with variation in skin pigmentation and eye color in South Asia. (Posted April 15, 2019)


Dr. Fukuzawa and Joel Cahn have recently published an article in the International Journal of Information and Learning Technology on the value of technology enhanced learning on the efficiency of problem-based learning. Sherry Fukuzawa, Joel Cahn, (2019) "Technology in problem-based learning: helpful or hindrance?", International Journal of Information and Learning Technology, Vol. 36 Issue: 1, pp.66-76. (Posted April 15, 2019)


Dr. Fukuzawa and Dr. deBraga have recently published an article on the implementation of the Graded Response Method (GRM) in the Journal of Curriculum & Teaching. Their study examined the GRM as an alternative to multiple choice testing in the first year undergraduate course in the Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. Sherry Fukuzawa, & Michael deBraga (2019). Graded Response Method: Does Question Type Influence the Assessment of Critical Thinking? Journal of Curriculum & Teaching, 8, 1, 1-10. (Posted April 15, 2019)


Dr. Fukuzawa and Councillor King-Jamieson (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation) recently presented at the Stage and Places in Education Conference at McMaster University the outcomes of the Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms. (Posted April 15, 2019)


The Collaborative Learning Cemetary Project. © C. Wood.Dr. Carolan Wood presented the following at the University of Toronto Faculty Association’s Challenges and Strengths II: Showcasing the Contributions of Part-timers event at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON:

Wood C & A Saly. (2019, March). The Collaborative Learning Cemetery Project. 

Wood C. (2019, March). Contributing to an Indigenous Curriculum: Incorporating Indigenous perspective and pedagogical practice in the classroom.  

(Posted April 12, 2019)


Professor Lauren Schroeder presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting last week and received a travel grant from eLife. The title of her presentation was “The path to Homo, revisited”. (Posted April 3, 2019)


Professor Lauren Schroeder has two book chapters in press:

Ackermann, R.R. & Schroeder, L. (2019) The emergence of complexity and novelty in the human fossil record. In “Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology: Dialogues in Wisdom, Humility and Grace.” Eds. A. Fuentes and C. Deane-Drummond. Routledge. In press.

Hlazo, N, Schroeder, L., Ritzman, T. & Ackermann, R.R. (2019) The role of selection in shaping the cranio-mandibular morphology of Paranthropus. In “The Forgotten Lineage(s): Paleobiology of Paranthropus.” Eds. P Constantino and B Wood.  Springer Press. In press. 

 (Posted April 3, 2019)


science policy street sign

Professor Todd Sanders spoke at Indiana University on 'Trustworthy knowledge? Social Sciences, Public Policy and Global Environmental Change.’ The talk was part of his collaborative research project with Professor Elizabeth Hall (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto). The event was jointly sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and Geography. (Posted March 26, 2019)


Emma Yasui, along with Sarah Ranlett, Parth Champaneri, Ibrahim Majoub (under the supervision of Dr. Peterson and Dr. Fukuzawa) gave a presentation at the UTM Digital Humanities Conference on the Virtual Mystery custom web-tool as an example of a collaborative cross-disciplinary project to innovate student engagement in large classes. (Posted March 26, 2019)


Dr. Fukuzawa with Councillor King-Jamieson and Dr. Laliberte were recently awarded a Connaught Community Connections grant (worth $76,000) to facilitate the course “Anthropology and Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (in Canada) ANT241H” and run a three year mixed methods longitudinal study on Indigenous cultural competence in students. (Posted March 26, 2019)


Dr. Fukuzawa and Councillor King-Jamieson recently attended the SSHRC funded National Dialogue on Indigenous Research Methodology in Ottawa. Our team (including Dr. Laliberte, and Dr. Grey) submitted a policy paper on the outcomes of the Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario classrooms. The policy paper included a series of Calls to Action regarding funding for Indigenous pedagogy. (Posted March 26, 2019)


Dr. Tracey Galloway is part of a team recently awarded $74,000 from the Centre for Global Engineering’s Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative to support research on optimizing transportation networks serving remote, northern Indigenous communities. The group includes Dr. Michael J. Widener, Department of Geography and Planning; Dr. Shoshanna Saxe, Dr. Chi-Guhn Lee and Dr. Chris Beck from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering; and Dr. GWK Moore, Chemical and Physical Sciences, UTM. The project builds on a successful collaboration between Anthropology, Geography and Engineering previously funded through the University’s XSeed Program and co-led by Drs. Galloway and Saxe. (Posted March 22, 2019)


dna puzzle pieces

Professor Esteban Parra is a co-author of an article that explored the association of genes with cardiometabolic traits, including blood lipids, body mass index, blood pressure and fasting glucose and insulin, using a large dataset with information for more than 15,000 individuals of diverse ancestry. The authors identified several novel gene-trait associations. The article was published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics. (Posted March 20, 2019)


codeProfessor Esteban Parra is a co-author of an article evaluating the usefulness of a panel of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) for forensic applications. Forensic analyses are typically carried out using genetic markers called Short Tandem Repeats (STRs), but these markers often cannot be used when DNA is degraded. In these cases, SNPs have advantages over STRs, and in this article the authors show that the panel SNPforID 52-plex is highly informative for forensic applications. The article has been published in the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics. (Posted March 20, 2019)


 March for Science. Photo by T.Sanders. All rights reserved.Professor Todd Sanders gave the Keynote Lecture – “Uncomfortable Grounds: Some Thoughts on Trump, Marching for Science and Climate Change” – at the McMaster Anthropology Society Annual Symposium  (March 11, 2019). The talk drew from his collaborative research with Professor Elizabeth Hall (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto) on global change science and policy. (Posted March 20, 2019)

 

 


Dr. Trevor Orchard, in collaboration with researchers from several other Ontario institutions, have published a preliminary examination of trends in fishing across southern Ontario over much of the last 1000 years. This research highlights variations in fishing focus and intensity across both time and space. The article has been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. (Posted March 18, 2019)


CUFFS logo

Graduate students Melissa Bernard and Elisabeth Cuerrier-Richer created a student-led academic group called Canadian Universities for Forensic Science (CUFFS), which is dedicated to connecting scholars in forensic sciences across Canada. The first edition of their conference, entitled Promoting Collaboration, will take place at the University of Toronto Mississauga on April 5th, 2019. (Posted March 4, 2019)


Professor Stephen Scharper is co-author of an article examining the work of a variety of faith-based organizations (FBOs) doing environmental work in Canada. The article is published in in Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology. (Posted February 28, 2019)


Professor Jack Sidnell is organizing an international workshop on the The Anthropology of Language in Mainland Southeast Asia with N.J.  Enfield (U. Sydney) and Charles Zuckerman (U. Sydney). The workshop will take place at the University of Sydney in August 2019. (Posted February 19, 2019)


Professor Jack Sidnell will be presenting a paper as a keynote speaker at the workshop on Language and social hierarchy: Address and self-reference practices in Southeast Asia. The workshop will take place at the University of Sydney in June 2019. View the workshop poster (PDF). (Posted February 19, 2019)


Professor Jack Sidnell will be presenting a paper as a keynote speaker at the Diversity and Inclusion conference at the University of Bologna, Italy in February 2019. The title of his presentation is “Linguistic diversity and interlocutor reference". (Posted February 19, 2019)


Dr. Trevor Orchard and his research collaborators examine the pre-contact history of the eulachon fishery on the northern Northwest Coast of North America through multiple lines of evidence: zooarchaeological, ethnographic, and oral historical. Their results show that, though eulachon and other smelt taxa are often under-represented archaeologically, there is a deep history to the eulachon fishery in the region. The article has been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. (Posted January 2019)


hands over picture of planet earth

Professor Esteban Parra and his graduate student Frida Lona-Durazo are two of the co-authors of a comprehensive review of the evolution and genetic basis of human skin pigmentation, which has been published in the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology(Posted January 2019)


Chronic Kidney Disease textProfessor Esteban Parra and his research collaborators from Mexico participated in a large study evaluating genetic factors that may be involved in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), a biomarker of Chronic Kidney Disease. The study, which included more than 300,000 individuals of diverse ancestry, identified many genetic variants involved in eGFR, and defined novel molecular mechanisms and putative causal genes for this trait. The article has been published in Nature Communications(Posted January 2019)


Professor David Samson and his research collaborators discovered that, relative to cathemeral lemurs, diurnal lemurs were characterized by the deepest sleep and exhibited the most disruptions to normal sleep‐wake regulation when sleep deprived. The article has been published in the Symposium Set: Primate Sleep: American Journal of Physical Anthropology(Posted January 2019)


Professor David Samson and Charles L. Nunn discovered that humans pack an unexpectedly higher proportion of REM sleep within a shorter overall sleep duration, and do so by reducing NREM sleep. The article has been published in the Symposium Set: Primate Sleep: American Journal of Physical Anthropology(Posted January 2019)