Human Disease Ecology: The Environment, Health and Past Populations

Human Disease Ecology: The Environment, Health and Past Populations

Forum on International Issues
Co-Sponsored by the Global Education Center and the Anthropology Department

Thursday April 4, 2013 1:00p.m.
Student Center Room 411

 



  Human Disease Ecology:
The Environment, Health and Past Populations

Holger Shutkowski
Bournemouth University, England

 


Dr. Shutkowski is a Professor of Bioarchaeology and Deputy Dean in the School of Applied Sciences at MSU’s partner institution Bournemouth University. He is particularly passionate about his research on bioarchaeology– "Human skeletal remains are the most immediate source material we can interrogate about lifestyle, living conditions and wellbeing in the past. They translate human agency for us. Archaeology without human remains would be like a stage without actors". As a bridge between science and humanities, bioarchaeology "focuses on how the biological outcomes of cultural strategies can be detected in human/environment interaction of past societies through the study of human skeletal remains. Social inequality is surprisingly visible in human dietary behavior. It reflects access to resources and opportunity for choice, something that runs through our history up to the present day and can therefore inform modern nutritional studies."

Dr. Shutkowski studied Biology and Musicology at the University of Giessen, Germany, and received his Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral degrees at the University of Gottingen in Anthropology. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow funded by the German Research Council and a lecturer in Gottingen, and taught at the University of Bradford prior to Bournemouth University.

He is currently a visiting scholar, sponsored by the Global Education Center.