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Human Ecology and Archaeobiology


Dr. Sabrina Sholts is a research anthropologist and curator in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Sholts is also the director of the Smithsonian Institution Bio-Imaging Research (SIBIR) Center whose mission is to increase and diffuse scientific knowledge through CT imaging and analysis.


Since arriving at the Smithsonian in 2014, Sholts has used bones to study the effects of environmental contaminants on people in the past and present. This work is driven by questions and ideas that came to her as a graduate student in California where people have been exposed to natural contaminants for thousands of years. With a variety of techniques to analyze and interpret human variation, she and many collaborators are piecing together information about the different ways that our body responds to the chemicals around us.

Links—Recent Publications in PDF

  • Wallin, C., Y.S. Kulkarni, A. Abelein, J. Jarvet, Q. Liao, B. Strodel, L. Olsson, J. Luo, J. P. Abrahams, S.B. Sholts, P.M. Roos, S.C.L. Kamerlin, A. Gräslund, and S.K.T.S. Wärmländer
    2016 Characterization of Mn(II) Ion Binding to the Amyloid-β Peptide in Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, in press.

  • S.B. Sholts, M. Korkalainen, U. Simanainen, H.M. Miettinen, H. Håkansson, and M. Viluksela
    2015 In Utero/Lactational and Adult Exposures to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) Show Differential Effects on Craniofacial Development and Growth in Rats. Toxicology 337:30-38.

  • Petaros, A., S.B. Sholts, M. Slaus, A. Bosnar, and S.K.T.S. Wärmländer
    2015 Evaluating Sexual Dimorphism in the Human Mastoid Process: A Viewpoint on the Methodology. Clinical Anatomy 28(5):593-601.
  • Bartelink, E.J., S.B. Sholts, C.F. Milligan, T.L. Van Deest, and S.K.T.S. Wärmländer
    2015 A Case of Contested Cremains Analyzed Through Metric and Chemical Comparison. Journal of Forensic Sciences 60(4):1068-1073. doi/10.1111/1556-4029.12734.
  • Sholts, S.B., J. Esteban, M. Herlin, M. Viluksela, and H. Håkansson
    2015 Craniofacial Form is Altered by Chronic Adult Exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) in Han/Wistar and Long-Evans Rats with Different Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) Structures. Toxicology Reports 2:472-481.
  • S. Báez-Molgado, E.J. Bartelink, L.M. Jellema, L. Spurlock, and S.B. Sholts
    2014 Classification of Pelvic Ring Fractures in Skeletonized Human Remains. Journal of Forensic Sciences 60(s1):S171-S176. doi/10.1111/1556-4029.12613.

  • Neiß, M., S.B. Sholts, and S.K.T.S. Wärmländer
  • 2014. New Applications of 3D Modeling in Artefact Analysis: Three Case Studies of Viking Age Brooches. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 1-12.
  • Garvin, H.M., S.B. Sholts, and L.A. Mosca
    2014 Sexual Dimorphism in Human Cranial Trait Scores: Effects of Population, Age, and Body Size. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 154(2):259-269. doi/10.1002/ajpa.22502.
  • Gingerich, J.A.M., S.B. Sholts, S.K.T.S. Wärmländer, and D. Stanford
    2014 Fluted Point Manufacture in Eastern North America: An Assessment of Form and Technology Using Traditional Metrics and 3D Digital Morphometrics. World Archaeology 46(1):101-122.
  • S. Báez-Molgado, K. Hart, E. Najarro, S.B. Sholts, and W.H. Gilbert
    2013. Cranium and Mandible Imaging Protocol: A Guide for Publication-Quality Digital Photography of the Skull (FOROST Skull Photography Protocol). FOROST Occasional Publications 2:1-14. pdf icon
  • Lindgren, J., P. Segerfeldt, S.B. Sholts, A. Gräslund, A.E. Karlström, and S.K.T.S. Wärmländer
    2012. Engineered Non-fluorescent Affibody Molecules Facilitate Studies of the Amyloid-beta (Aβ) Peptide in Monomeric Form: Low pH Was Found to Reduce Aβ/Cu(II) Binding Affinity. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 120:18-23.
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