Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology
Evolutionary history of Old World primates, including humans. Evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation, and the relationship between skin pigmentation and vitamin D production.
Publication TagsColor Skin Pigmentation Sexual Selection Vitamin D Vocalization Ultraviolet Rays Ultraviolet Radiation Protective Skin (Animal) History Multiple Sclerosis Testosterone Hominidae Health Animals Skin Pigmentation Hormones Primates Hydrocortisone Eumelanin Radiation Body Temperature Regulation Micrornas Skin Diseases
Most Recent Papers
Distribution of variants in multiple vitamin D-related loci (DHCR7/NADSYN1, GC, CYP2R1, CYP11A1, CYP24A1, VDR, RXRα and RXRγ) vary between European, East-Asian and Sub-Saharan African-ancestry populations
Patrice Jones, Mark Lucock, G Chaplin, Nina Jablonski, Martin Veysey, Christopher Scarlett, Emma Beckett, Genes and Nutrition
Caught between “Light skin is beautiful and tanned skin is attractive”: How bicultural socialization shapes attitudes toward skin color aesthetics
Hsin Chen, Nina Jablonski, G Chick, C Yarnal, Asian American Journal of Psychology on p. 326–340
Examining colorism and associated behaviors among African-American female college students
Hsin-Yu Chen, G Chick, C Yarnal, Nina Jablonski,
Tapirus yunnanensis from Shuitangba, a terminal Miocene hominoid site in Zhaotong, Yunnan Province of China
Xueping Ji, Haowen Tong, Nina Jablonski, Denise Su, J.O.R. Ebbestad, C.W. Liu, T.S. Yu, Vertebrata PalAsiatica
Youths learning with a genetics and genealogy approach: Scientific and personal engagement in summer camp
H Zimmerman, J.L. Weible, Elizabeth Wright, C. Maggiore, Nina Jablonski,
Skin cancer, photoprotection and skin of color
Ophelia Dadzie, Nina Jablonski, Mahendra Mahalingam, Alain Dupuy, Antoine Petit, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology on p. 2
New materials of the Late Miocene Muntiacus from Zhaotong hominoid site in southern China
Wei Dong, Nina Jablonski, Denise Su, W.Q. Liu, Vertebrata PalAsiatica
Exploring the role of acculturation in attitudes toward skin color aesthetics and associated behaviors
Hsin-Yu Chen, Nina Jablonski, G Chick, C Yarnal,
Evolution of the human Ah receptor conferred desensitization to smoke-derived toxicants
G Perdew, Nina Jablonski, Molecular Biology and Evolution on p. 2648-58
Skin color: A function of sun
Nina Jablonski, on p. 2
The biology of color
Innes C. Cuthill, William L. Allen, Kevin Arbuckle, Barbara Caspers, George Chaplin, Mark E. Hauber, Geoffrey E. Hill, Nina G. Jablonski, Chris D. Jiggins, Almut Kelber, Johanna Mappes, Justin Marshall, Richard Merrill, Daniel Osorio, Richard Prum, Nicholas W. Roberts, Alexandre Roulin, Hannah M. Rowland, Thomas N. Sherratt, John Skelhorn, Michael P. Speed, Martin Stevens, Mary Caswell Stoddard, Devi Stuart-Fox, Laszlo Talas, Elizabeth Tibbetts, Tim Caro, 2017, Science
Gibbon genome and the fast karyotype evolution of small apes
Lucia Carbone, R. Alan Harris, Sante Gnerre, Krishna R. Veeramah, Belen Lorente-Galdos, John Huddleston, Thomas J. Meyer, Javier Herrero, Christian Roos, Bronwen Aken, Fabio Anaclerio, Nicoletta Archidiacono, Carl Baker, Daniel Barrell, Mark A. Batzer, Kathryn Beal, Antoine Blancher, Craig L. Bohrson, Markus Brameier, Michael S. Campbell, Oronzo Capozzi, Claudio Casola, Giorgia Chiatante, Andrew Cree, Annette Damert, Pieter J. De Jong, Laura Dumas, Marcos Fernandez-Callejo, Paul Flicek, Nina V. Fuchs, Ivo Gut, Marta Gut, Matthew W. Hahn, Jessica Hernandez-Rodriguez, Ladeana W. Hillier, Robert Hubley, Bianca Ianc, Zsuzsanna Izsvák, Nina G. Jablonski, Laurel M. Johnstone, Anis Karimpour-Fard, Miriam K. Konkel, Dennis Kostka, Nathan H. Lazar, Sandra L. Lee, Lora R. Lewis, Yue Liu, Devin P. Locke, Swapan Mallick, Fernando L. Mendez, Matthieu Muffato, Lynne V. Nazareth, Kimberly A. Nevonen, Majesta O'Bleness, Cornelia Ochis, Duncan T. Odom, Katherine S. Pollard, Javier Quilez, David Reich, Mariano Rocchi, Gerald G. Schumann, Stephen Searle, James M. Sikela, Gabriella Skollar, Arian Smit, Kemal Sonmez, Boudewijn Ten Hallers, Elizabeth Terhune, Gregg W.C. Thomas, Brygg Ullmer, Mario Ventura, Jerilyn A. Walker, Jeffrey D. Wall, Lutz Walter, Michelle C. Ward, Sarah J. Wheelan, Christopher W. Whelan, Simon White, Larry J. Wilhelm, August E. Woerner, Mark Yandell, Baoli Zhu, Michael F. Hammer, Tomas Marques-Bonet, Evan E. Eichler, Lucinda Fulton, Catrina Fronick, Donna M. Muzny, Wesley C. Warren, Kim C. Worley, Jeffrey Rogers, Richard K. Wilson, Richard A. Gibbs, 2014, Nature on p. 195-201
Nina G. Jablonski, 2013,
Circulating microRNAs involved in multiple sclerosis
Sue Rutherford Siege, Jason MacKenzie, George Chaplin, Nina G. Jablonski, Lyn Griffiths, 2012, Molecular Biology Reports on p. 6219-6225
Sexual selection on male vocal fundamental frequency in humans and other anthropoids
David A. Puts, Alexander K. Hill, Drew H. Bailey, Robert S. Walker, Drew Rendall, John R. Wheatley, Lisa L.M. Welling, Khytam Dawood, Rodrigo Cárdenas, Robert P. Burriss, Nina G. Jablonski, Mark D. Shriver, Daniel Weiss, Adriano R. Lameira, Coren L. Apicella, Michael J. Owren, Claudia Barelli, Mary E. Glenn, Gabriel Ramos-Fernandez, 2016, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on p. 20152830
Brad J. Bushman, Katherine Newman, Sandra L. Calvert, Geraldine Downey, Mark Dredze, Michael Gottfredson, Nina G. Jablonski, Ann S. Masten, Calvin Morrill, Daniel B. Neill, Daniel Romer, Daniel W. Webster, 2016, American Psychologist on p. 17-39
Nina G. Jablonski, 2012,
Human skin pigmentation, migration and disease susceptibility
Nina G. Jablonski, George Chaplin, 2012, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on p. 785-792
Sunscreen photoprotection and vitamin D status
T. Passeron, R. Bouillon, V. Callender, T. Cestari, T. L. Diepgen, A. C. Green, J. C. van der Pols, B. A. Bernard, F. Ly, F. Bernerd, L. Marrot, M. Nielsen, M. Verschoore, N. G. Jablonski, A. R. Young, 2019, British Journal of Dermatology on p. 916-931
The colours of humanity
Nina G. Jablonski, George Chaplin, 2017, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
News Articles Featuring Nina Jablonski
Jan 16, 2022
Skin colour as a weapon of mass destruction
Skin colour, race, is a topic, like religion and politics, that evokes strong emotional feeling, passion. Many would prefer that it were not touched, discussed, or debated, treated as taboo, as if we suddenly became colour blind.
Sep 01, 2021
There’s No Proof Sunscreen Prevents Cancer in Black People. Why Do Doctors Keep Pushing It?
Meet the renegade dermatologist determined to correct race-based misinformation on melanoma.
Aug 26, 2021
The Story of an African Children’s Book That Explains the Science of Skin Colour
We all need to forgive ourselves and one another
May 17, 2021
Why Aren't There Mammals in Super Vivid Colors Like There Are Birds and Bugs?
Plumage. An incredible world, for an incredible phenomenon. Say it with me now: plumage. Picture the colors, their variety and richness. Picture, while you’re at it, some other stuff relevant to this week’s Giz Asks, such as bugs that look shaped from stained glass and sea creatures that look like they’ve been doused in neon paint.
May 04, 2021
Three Penn State faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences
Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology; Jainendra K. Jain, Evan Pugh University Professor and Erwin W. Mueller Professor of Physics; and Peter Mészáros, Eberly Chair Professor, emeritus, of Astronomy and Astrophysics, have been recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Oct 15, 2020
Skin Colour, Vitamin D Deficits and Disease Risks
Deficiency has been associated with multiple sclerosis and even COVID-19.
Oct 13, 2020
Monkey fossils unearthed in China date back 6.4 MILLION years and are the oldest to be found outside of Africa
Small fossils have been unearthed in China that belonged to a monkey about 6.4 million years ago. The remains were found a southeastern Yunan Province mine, making them the oldest to be found outside of Africa. Researchers from Penn State University have obtained a heelbone and jawbone with teeth that are believed to have been a female.
Oct 13, 2020
Fossils Of 6.4 Million-Year-Old Monkeys Are Among The Oldest Found Outside Of Africa
The story of how monkeys conquered the world is a remarkable tale that includes an improbable trip across the Atlantic on a floating island that broke away from mainland Africa. In yet another twist, researchers have just uncovered the remains of an ancient species that lived in what is now China some 6.4 million years ago, suggesting that monkeys had reached the Far East at a time when ancient apes still roamed Asia.
Jul 22, 2020
Bill Nye Breaks Down The Science Behind Skin Color, Points Out 'We’re All One Species'
The Science Guy wants you to understand the relationship between skin tone and ultraviolet rays — and to start “treating each other fairly.”
Jul 02, 2020
Why does racism prevail? Leading scholars apply their minds
All humans belong to one biological species; there are no human “races”. The belief in race defines the lived experience of many, influences how governments act, and how people treat others. How did race come to have this power and this durability?