Next Event: Thursday April 18 noon - 1 p.m.

Evolutionary Insights into Childhood Energy Expenditure and the Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disease

Samuel Urlacher received his PhD in human evolutionary biology from Harvard University in 2016. He is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, working on an NSF-funded postdoctoral research project titled, "Tradeoffs in childhood energy allocation and the impact of market integration on ontogeny and health."

Urlacher is an anthropologist and biologist who uses evolutionary theory to better understand variation in human physiology, health and behavior. He is particularly interested in how humans have evolved to manage energetic resources across the life course and the impact of economic development on child growth, immune function and metabolic health (e.g., obesity, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes). His long-term field and laboratory research is performed with subsistence-based populations in Ecuador, Papua New Guinea and Mexico. His work addresses fundamental topics in anthropology and evolutionary biology but also strives to improve the lives of the people who participate in his research.

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Life Sciences C, Room 202

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Raquel Hernandez
Center for Evolution and Medicine