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41st Annual Meeting of the Human Biology Association

The abstract deadline has now closed, but you may also register for the meeting without abstract submission. The letter from HBA President Andrea Wiley provides more information about the program.


Wednesday-Thursday, April 13-14, 2016


Marriott Marquis Hotel
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia  30303  USA



Make your reservations early (there is a March 22, 2016 (5:00 p.m. EDT) cut-off date). Reservations may be made at the hotel's direct AAPA link or by phone to the Marriott Marquis Hotel Group Reservations phone number: 866-469-5475


$179.00/night + 8% local and state taxes


The Marriott Marquis is in downtown Atlanta, conveniently located near the Peachtree Center MARTA train stop on the North-South line which has direct service to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The hotel is also easily accessible via interstates 20, 75 and 85.  Greyhound Bus Station is close to the hotel while Amtrak is located a few miles north on Peachtree St.  The Marriott is within walking distance of many restaurants and cafes as well as popular attractions like the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca Cola, CNN Center, Margaret Mitchell Museum, High Museum of Art, Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  Other sites of interest outside of downtown include Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta BeltLine, Stone Mountain, and Etowah Indian Mounds.

Local Arrangements

Our Local Arrangements Chair is Dr. Susan Tanner at the University of Georgia. The HBA meeting is held concurrently with the American Association of Physical Anthropology (AAPA) April 12-16. See the AAPA Local Arrangements page for local maps, things to do, and more information.


If you have questions regarding the HBA 2016 scientific program, please contact Dr. Amanda Thompson, Program Chair.


HBA second president Dr. Charlotte M. Otten celebrates 100th birthday

Congratulations to the HBA’s second president, Dr. Charlotte M. Otten (term: 1977-1978), who is celebrating her 100th birthday on May 23, 2015. Among her many contributions to the field of human biology was an edited volume (with Robert Meier and Fathi Abdel-Hameed): Evolutionary Models and Studies of Human Diversity (de Gruyter Mouton Publishers, 1978) and her edited volume, Anthropology and Art: Readings in Cross-Cultural Aesthetics (The Natural History Press, 1971) She was a faculty member in the department of anthropology at Northern Illinois University and also taught at University of Michigan.

2015 Awards

Boas Award

HBA Treasurer Virginia Vitzthum, HBA Past-President Deborah Crooks, Sara Stinson, and Barry Bogin.

Little Early

Michael A. Little Early Career Award recipient Brandon Kohrt (Duke University Global Health Institute), with nominator and HBA Secretary, Jason deCaro.

Hunt Award

Edward E. Hunt, Jr. Student Award for best graduate student oral and poster presentations were awarded to Asher Rosinger (University of Georgia) (left), and Traci Bekelman (University of Colorado), (middle), by HBA Nominations and Elections Committee Chair, Barbara Pipperata (right).

Spielvogel Award

Hilde Spielvogel Award for Outstanding Presentation by an Undergraduate Student was awarded to Natasha Hoehn, by HBA Executive Committee member and Membership Committee Chair, Susan Johnson.

Pearl Lecturer

The 2015 Raymond Pearl Memorial Lecturer, Margaret Neville, University of Colorado, receives her award from HBA President, Andrea Wiley