Sholts, Sabrina Curator of Biological Anthropology

Skeletal biology, morphology, health and disease

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Professional Biography

  • Sabrina Sholts is a Curator of Biological Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). She is the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Bio-Imaging Research (SIBIR) Center, Lead Curator of the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition, and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist. Her research focuses on intersections of human, animal, and environmental health in the skeletal record, integrating methods of biological anthropology, experimental archaeology, toxicology, and environmental medicine. She has published widely in academic journals such as American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Environmental Health Perspectives, JAMA, PNAS, Scientific Reports, Toxicology, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, and written for popular audiences in Scientific American and Smithsonian Magazine. She received her PhD in Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara and was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley in the Department of Integrative Biology and the Human Evolution Research Center (HERC) and at Stockholm University in the Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry.

Public Biography

  • Sabrina Sholts is a Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Her research uses museum collections of biological remains to study environmental factors of health in the past and present. She received her PhD in Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara and was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley (Integrative Biology) and Stockholm University (Biophysics and Biochemistry).