This week Chris and Cara chat with Dr. Michael Gurven on a variety of topics, ranging from advice on finding a field site that matches your research interests, the long and challenging process of establishing a successful longitudinal study, the importance of true collaborative work with indigenous populations (especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic), and the need to move beyond “WEIRD” populations and consider health and human biology in more diverse groups.

Learn more about Dr. Gurven’s work at his website:
Email him at: and follow him on Twitter @MGurven

You can learn more about the Tsimane Health and Life History Project here:

Read the Tsimane team’s paper on responding to COVID-19 within indigenous populations here:…31104-1/fulltext

The paper “WEIRD bodies: mismatch, medicine and missing diversity” can be found here:…90513820300465

Contact the Sausage of Science and Human Biology Association:
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Cara Ocobock, Website:,, Twitter:@CaraOcobock

Chris Lynn, HBA Public Relations Committee Chair,,, Twitter:@Chris_Ly

Caroline Owens, Email:, Twitter: @careowens

Theresa Gildner, Email:, Twitter: @TEGildner

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