Skeletons Reveal Diet and Behavior: Anthropology Emerging Scholar Lecture Series

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wilmington, N.C. - The UNCW Anthropology Emerging Scholar Lecture Series presents bioarchaeologist Laurie Reitsema on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m., Bryan Auditorium in Morton Hall. A Q&A session will follow the lecture.

She will present a lecture titled “Biology, Behavior and Environment: Experimental and Bioarchaeological Stable Isotope Approaches to Diet and Disease.” The event is free and open to the public.

Anthropologists can tell what ancient peoples ate in life by studying the carbon and nitrogen of their skeletal remains, according to Reitsema. Stable isotope biochemistry is a widely used method in anthropology that provides a window into past human diet. In her talk, Reitsema will overview how stable isotope biochemistry has been applied to understand what humans and our ancestors have been eating in the ancient and recent past, and will focus on her recent research in paleodiet of ancient and historic European populations.

Among her research interests are comparisons between modern humans and primates, population movement and change in Eastern Europe during the Late Holocene period, and biocultural change among late Holocene human populations in Europe. 

Reitsema is visiting from the University of Georgia where she is assistant professor and director of the Bioarchaeology and Biochemistry Laboratory.  She recently received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2012.


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