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Susan Tanner

UGA Arch
Associate Professor

I study how human health and disease are shaped by the environment, biology, and culture. As a biological and medical anthropologist, my work has focused on human adaptation, understanding how people avoid disease in stressful environments, and the effects of environmental and sociocultural change on health and nutrition. While much of my work has examined on how individual and household conditions may shape disease patterns, I am also interested how they shape childhood growth, diet, and nutrition.


PhD, Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2005

Research Areas:
Research Interests:
  • Biocultural approaches
  • Human adaptation
  • Human growth and nutrition
  • Nutrition, health, and life history (Bolivia)
  • Zoonotic diseases and deforestation (Panama)
Selected Publications:

Tanner, S., Leonard, W. R., Tanner, S. N., & Reyes-García, V. (2017). Physical Activity Levels in Childhood. In American Journal of Human Biology. 29(2):44. New Orleans, LA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Zhang, R., W. Zeng. E.A. Undurraga, V. Reyes-Garcia, S. Tanner, W. Leonard, J.R. Behrman, and R. Godoy. (2016). Catch-up growth and growth deficits: Nine-year annual panel child growth data from native Amazonians in Bolivia. Annals of Human Biology 43:4, 304-315, DOI: 10.1080/03014460.2016.1197312

Dyer, J., Tanner, S. N., Velasquez Runk, J., Mertzlufft, C., & Gottdenker, N. (2016). Deforestation, Dogs, and Zoonotic Disease. AnthroNews. Retrieved from

Articles Featuring Susan Tanner
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 9:10am

Vector-borne diseases—those transmitted by biting insects like mosquitoes and ticks—pose a significant health threat to more than half of the world’s population.

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