B.A., Ohio State University (2011); M.P.H., Emory University (2013)
Biological Anthropology (Advisor: J. Josh Snodgrass)
Joshua is a biological anthropologist who works at the intersection of human biology, behavioral ecology, and cognitive science. To integrate these levels of analysis, he combines phylogenetic studies, large-scale population-based datasets, fieldwork, psychometric measures, and minimally invasive biomarker assays.
His current research focuses on the biology of rest. What are the functional benefits of rest? What are the differences between the species that rest more and those that rest less? How do we make decisions about when to rest? These are the questions that drive his current research. To answer these questions, he compare patterns of resting behavior between primate species, identifies cross-culturally consistent predictors of subjective fatigue, and conducts mixed-methods fieldwork among Shuar forager-horticulturalists in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
He also has a long-standing interest in health disparities. His work in this area focuses on how various dimensions of social status become physiologically embedded in ways that influence health and disease.