Nina Jablonski

Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology

Nina Jablonski

Research Summary

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 Tags

Ultraviolet Radiation Pigmentation Genes Radiation Vitamin D Haplorhini Ultraviolet Rays Sexual Selection Vocalization Myanmar Skin Multiple Sclerosis Testosterone Primates Health Hormones History Hydrocortisone Hominidae Phylogeny Animals Gene Flow Tattoo Micrornas Pigments

Most Recent Papers

Exploring the role of acculturation in attitudes toward skin color aesthetics and associated behaviors

Hsin-Yu Chen, Nina Jablonski, G Chick, C Yarnal,

Examining colorism and associated behaviors among African-American female college students

Hsin-Yu Chen, G Chick, C Yarnal, Nina Jablonski,

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,

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

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

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

Evolution of the human Ah receptor conferred desensitization to smoke-derived toxicants

G Perdew, Nina Jablonski, Molecular Biology and Evolution on p. 2648-58

How to evolve a thick skin

Nina Jablonski, Current Biology on p. 4 pages

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

Most-Cited Papers

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

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


Nina G. Jablonski, 2013,

Living color

Nina G. Jablonski, 2012,

Sexual selection on male vocal fundamental frequency in humans and other anthropoids

David Puts, Alexander Hill, Drew Bailey, Robert Walker, Drew Rendall, John Wheatley, Lisa Welling, Khytam Dawood, Rodrigo Cardenas, Nina Jablonski, Mark Shriver, Daniel Weiss, Adriano Lameira, Coren Apicella, Michael Owren, Claudia Barelli, Mary Glenn, Gabriel Ramos-Fernandez, 2016, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on p. 20152830

Youth Violence

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

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

Evolutionary history of the odd-nosed monkeys and the phylogenetic position of the newly described myanmar snub-nosed monkey rhinopithecus strykeri

Rasmus Liedigk, Mouyu Yang, Nina G. Jablonski, Frank Momberg, Thomas Geissmann, Ngwe Lwin, Tony Htin Hla, Zhijin Liu, Bruce Wong, Li Ming, Long Yongcheng, Ya Ping Zhang, Tilo Nadler, Dietmar Zinner, Christian Roos, 2012, PLoS One

Epidermal pigmentation in the human lineage is an adaptation to ultraviolet radiation

Nina G. Jablonski, George Chaplin, 2013, Journal of Human Evolution on p. 671-675

News Articles Featuring Nina Jablonski

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.

Skin Colour, Vitamin D Deficits and Disease Risks

Deficiency has been associated with multiple sclerosis and even COVID-19.

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.

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.

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.”

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?

What's the difference between race and ethnicity?

This question reveals something much deeper about the ways we understand — and misunderstand — race.

5 astonishing facts about your own body from Bill Bryson’s new book

The Body: A Guide for Occupants is driven by Bryson’s endless curiosity, and is full of enough factoids to drive many a late-night pub conversation.

WPSU Wins 2019 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards

WPSU Penn State earned two regional Emmy awards from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences on Sept. 28, during the 37th annual awards ceremony held in Pittsburgh.

Five Huck Researchers Featured In Penn State's "Impact" Campaign

The Huck Institutes is well-represented among this collection of exciting work being done by members of the University community.