Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Nina G. Jablonski, PhD

Nina G. Jablonski, PhD

Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
ngj2@psu.edu

Research Interests

Nina G. Jablonski is Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University.  A biological anthropologist and paleobiologist, she studies the evolution of adaptations to the environment in Old World primates including humans.

Her research program is focused in two major areas.  Her paleoanthropological research concerns the evolutionary history of Old World monkeys, and currently includes an active field project in China.  Her research on the evolution of human adaptations to the environment centers on the evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation, and includes an active field project examining the relationship between skin pigmentation and vitamin D production.

Jablonski is currently collaborating on the development of new approaches to science education in the United States.  These approaches have the dual aims of improving the understanding of evolution and human diversity, and stimulating interest among students in pursuing STEM courses and careers.  With the support of NESCent (the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center) and active collaboration of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., she is leading a group of 30 scholars in the development of “genetics and genealogy” curricula for K-12 and undergraduate university students.

  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Skin
  • Vitamin D
  • Population
  • Genes
  • Radiation
  • Hominidae
  • Folic Acid
  • Tooth
  • Pigmentation
  • Solar System
  • Phenotype

Recent Publications

2019

Chen, HY, Jablonski, NG, Chick, G & Yarnal, C 2019, 'Caught Between "Light Skin Is Beautiful and Tanned Skin Is Attractive": How Bicultural Socialization Shapes Attitudes Toward Skin Color Aesthetics', Asian American Journal of Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/aap0000154
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Lucock, M, Thota, R, Garg, M, Martin, C, Jones, P, Furst, J, Yates, Z, Jablonski, NG, Chaplin, G, Veysey, M & Beckett, E 2019, 'Early lifecycle UV-exposure calibrates adult vitamin D metabolism: Evidence for a developmentally originated vitamin D homeostat that may alter related adult phenotypes', American Journal of Human Biology, vol. 31, no. 4, e23272. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23272
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Wright, EA, Wagner, JK, Shriver, M, Fernandez, JR & Jablonski, NG 2019, 'Practical and Ethical Considerations of Using Personal DNA Tests with Middle-School-Aged Learners' American Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 104, no. 2, pp. 197-202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajhg.2019.01.001
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2018

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Hou, S, Su, DF, Kelley, J, Deng, T, Jablonski, NG, Flynn, LJ, Ji, X, Cao, J & Yang, X 2018, 'Correction to: New Fossil Suid Specimens from the Terminal Miocene Hominoid Locality of Shuitangba, Zhaotong, Yunnan Province, China' Journal of Mammalian Evolution, pp. 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10914-018-9434-0
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Hou, S, Su, DF, Kelley, J, Deng, T, Jablonski, NG, Flynn, LJ, Ji, X, Cao, J & Yang, X 2018, 'New Fossil Suid Specimens from the Terminal Miocene Hominoid Locality of Shuitangba, Zhaotong, Yunnan Province, China' Journal of Mammalian Evolution, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10914-018-9431-3
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2017

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2016

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Davids, LM, Van Wyk, J, Khumalo, NP & Jablonski, NG 2016, 'The phenomenon of skin lightening: Is it right to be light?', South African Journal of Science, vol. 112, no. 11-12, 2016-0056. https://doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2016/20160056
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2015

Aryiku, SA, Salam, A, Dadzie, OE & Jablonski, NG 2015, 'Clinical and anthropological perspectives on chemical relaxing of afro-textured hair', Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, vol. 29, no. 9, pp. 1689-1695. https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.13028
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