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

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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January 18, 2015 in Uncategorised

Genocidal Altruists. How Do We Make Sense Of Human Nature?

“We know that we are apes, but we cannot be classified simplistically as ‘naked apes’ or ‘killer apes’ or ‘moral apes.’…Our past is complicated; so is our present, and so…
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