Patrick F. Clarkin

Patrick F. Clarkin Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Clarkin is a biological anthropologist who has conducted research on the impact of social and evolutionary forces on growth, nutrition, and health. Specifically, he has focused on the long-term impact of war, refugee experiences, and poverty on the growth and health of Southeast Asian refugees (Hmong, Lao, Khmer). He is also broadly interested in in the causes and consequences of human conflict and cooperation.

Recent Posts

June 20, 2018 in Biology

The Biological Scars of Separation

The deliberate separation of migrant children from their parents is not only cruel and unnecessary but has the potential for long-term negative effects on their mental and biological health.
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August 23, 2017 in Biology

Evolution Makes Us Flexible Because Life Is Unpredictable

A genome that can respond to environmental feedback and operate in many possible, unpredictable conditions would be even more likely to survive and reproduce than a rigid one.
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August 22, 2017 in Biology

We Are Not Hard-Wired

Genetics and environment are inextricably intertwined. There is no organism without a genome, but there is also no such thing as an organism without an environment.
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