As an evolutionary anthropologist, I seek to explain the course of our evolution, the development of uniquely human characteristics, and to understand the nature of human variation. The key to answering these questions comes from study of how our lineage and close relatives (the hominins) survived and responded to changes in ecology, environment, and climate. Survival and evolutionary success depends principally on eating enough food, finding mates and raising offspring, and avoiding predators as environmental circumstances change over time. I focus on the food part of the equation. This emphasis on the influence of diet and dietary change in human evolution tells us both about how we came to be human and also helps explain human variation and illuminate mismatches between our modern diets and our evolutionary past. It is about the universal questions of what we are and how we came to be but also has practical implications concerning what a healthy diet is. My research is about things we talk about at dinner and also about what we eat for dinner.
- Rob Scott
My research was recently featured in a video by the IFNH (New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health).