Sara Stinson  
    Ph.D. U Michigan 1978  
 Office:   Powdermaker Hall 314  
 Fax:  (718) 997-2885


Interests: Courses Taught:
  • Biological anthropology
  • Human growth and development
  • Human adaptation
  • Nutritional anthropology
  • South America
  • Intro to Human Evolution (102)
  • Essentials of Biological Anthropology (260)
  • The Human Lifecycle (290W)
  • Human Variation (361)

  • Research Interests:   Selected Publications:

                My research focuses on biological variation in living human populations, particularly variation in physical growth and development among human populations. I am interested in understanding how the environment influences growth during the lifetime of the individual and how body size variation has evolved. Most of my research has focused on South American populations, and I have conducted research on general patterns of variation in body size and shape in indigenous South American populations, on the effects of high altitude hypoxia on child growth, and on the growth of lowland tropical forest populations.

  • Stinson, S. 2005 Ethical issues in human biology behavioral research and research with children. In: Turner, T. (ed.) Biological Anthropology and Ethics. Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 139-148.

  • Stinson, S. 2003 Participation of women in human biology, 1975-2001. American Journal of Human Biology 15:440-445.

  • Stinson, S. 2002 Early childhood health in foragers. In: Ungar, P.S. and Teaford, M. F. (eds.) Human Diet: Its Origin and Evolution. Westport, Connecticut: Bergin and Garvey, pp. 37-48.

  • Stinson, S., Bogin, B., Huss-Ashmore, R., and O'Rourke, D. (eds.) 2000 Human Biology: An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective. New York: Wiley-Liss.

  • Stinson, S. 1996 Early childhood growth of Chachi Amerindians and Afro-Ecuadorians in northwest Ecuador. American Journal of Human Biology 8:43-53.

  • Stinson, S. 1992 Nutritional adaptation. Annual Review of Anthropology 21:143-170.

  • Stinson, S. 1990 Variation in body size and shape among South American Indians. American Journal of Human Biology 2:37-51.

  • Stinson, S. 1985 Sex differences in environmental sensitivity during growth and development. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 28:123-147.

  • Stinson, S. 1983 Socioeconomic status and child growth in rural Bolivia. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 13:179-187.

  • Stinson, S. 1982 The effect of high altitude on the growth of children of high socioeconomic status in Bolivia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 59:61-71.