Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Buikstra, Jane E.
Location Arizona State University
Primary Field Anthropology
 Election Citation
Buikstra developed new and more rigorous methods for assessing, from osteological remains, the health and demographic characteristics of prehistoric populations. By the application of these methods to skeletal remains she demonstrated that, contrary to current theory, intensive agriculture in prehistoric American societies often resulted in declining health and longevity.
 Research Interests
The intensive study of prehistoric skeletal populations from the Americas emphasizing micro-evolutionary change and biological response to environmental stress is of greatest interest. The approach is multi-disciplinary, including programs in archaeology and the medical sciences. Other interests are bone microstructure, individuation, experimental cremation, social dimensions of mortuary behavior, demography, forensic anthropology, paleopathology, paleonutrition, biological distance, and the biological impact of European colonization in the Americas.

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