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Principal Investigator

David Puts    

David Puts // dap27 [at] psu.edu
David Puts

David is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. He received his Bachelorís degree in anthropology (with a minor in mathematics) from Kenyon College, and Masterís and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh, under Steven Gaulin and Michael Siegel. He received his postdoctoral training in neuroscience at Michigan State University in the laboratory of Marc Breedlove and Cindy Jordan. David is interested in how sex hormones affect our development, and why we evolved these developmental patterns. Outside of the lab, David is generally still thinking and talking about research. But when heís not doing this, he likes outdoor activities, sports, games, good food, and especially being around friends and family. View CV

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Alex Hill    

Alex Hill // alexhill [at] psualum.com
Alex Hill

Alex received his Ph.D. in anthropology in May of 2014 after six years as a graduate student and researcher in the Puts Lab, and returns as a postdoctoral researcher. His dissertation was entitled Sexual selection and vocalization in humans and nonhuman anthropoid primates.













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Doctoral Students

John Wheatley     Leslie Doll     Lauramarie Pope    

John Wheatley // jrw5492 [at] psu.edu
John Wheatley

John is a doctoral candidate who returned to academics in 2010 after 11 years living abroad teaching English in East Asia and serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. He recently established a anthropological field site on one of the remote islands in Vanuatu where he will conduct his doctoral research with a population of horticulturalist-hunters. With an educational background in psychology and animal behavior at Indiana University, his general interests lie in the biology and behavioral ecology of human reproductive behavior. Specifically, his research focuses on the ontogeny and evolution of alternative reproductive strategies in men. Outside the university he's most likely to be found eating good food, drinking good beer, and/or traveling hither and yon with his wife.

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Leslie Doll // lmd330 [at] psu.edu
Leslie Doll

Leslie is a third year graduate student. She received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Evansville in 2011.

























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Lauramarie Pope // lep161 [at] psu.edu
Lauramarie Pope

Lauramarie is a third year graduate student. She received her B.A. in psychology and American literature, with a minor in anthropology from UCLA in 2009.





















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Undergraduate Students

Valentina Ceccarelli     Richard Holler     Daphne Weidner    

Valentina Ceccarelli
Valentina Ceccarelli

Since her first semester at Penn State in 2011, Valentina has been a member of the lab, spending most of her working hours running participants in various studies. She is currently majoring in World Education for German and is planning on minoring in Arabic and Anthropology. She is also an officer for the Penn State Pokemon Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as a member of the National Society of Leadership. When not otherwise occupied, she enjoys reading, writing short stories, and creating sewing projects.



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Richard Holler
Richard Holler

Rich is an international adoptee from Bolivia who grew up in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. and Ambler, Pennsylvania. As a senior Psychology major and a Biology minor, Rich is interested in pursuing a PhD in Evolutionary Psychology. He is the THON chair for the Latino Caucus as well as Mr. Latino Penn State 2013-14. He enjoys long walks on the beach, cooking, playing the acoustic and electric guitar, exercising, watching sports, traveling, and more importantly being around his good friends.






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Daphne Weidner
Daphne Weidner

Daphne is a sophomore at Penn State majoring in Anthropology and minoring in English and Sexuality and Gender Studies. When she's not in the classroom or the lab, she enjoys reading short stories, drinking tea, listening to classic rock, and searching for a movie to watch.



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Postdoctoral Alumni

Isaac Santoyo     Lisa Welling     Rob Burriss    

Isaac Santoyo // iug4 [at] psu.edu
Isaac Santoyo

Isaac collaborated as a postdoctoral student in the lab.

























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Lisa Welling

Lisa was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. Previously, she completed her PhD, entitled Individual Differences in Face Preferences, in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Ben Jones. Lisa is interested in how hormones affect different aspects of our behavior, including mate-choice, preferences, and attractiveness. Papers that Lisa had published while at Aberdeen can be found at the FaceLab publications page.

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Rob Burriss

Rob was an NIJ funded postdoctoral researcher at PSU, where he investigated the influence of genetic ancestry on facial appearance. Visit OracleLab.co.uk for more information about Rob's work.

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Master's Alumni

Jay Bundy     Julia Barndt     Sarah Wolff    

Jay Bundy // jnb168 [at] psu.edu
Jay Bundy

Jay was enrolled in Penn State's Schreyer Honors College Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program, and graduated with his Master's degree in 2013. His thesis was entitled Total sexual selection on men's voices.













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Julia Barndt
Julia Barndt

Julia was enrolled in Penn State's Schreyer Honors College Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program, and graduated with her Master's degree in 2010. For her thesis, she investigated sexual selection and women's voices.













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Sarah Wolff
Sarah Wolff

Sarah graduated from Penn State with a Master's in 2009. Her thesis research was on vocal masculinity as a dominance signal in men.























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Undergraduate Alumni

Sara Carlson     Jessica Pavliska     Nancy Wong     Kelsey Karpink     Annie Marcinek     Troy Steiner    

Sara Carlson

Sara was an undergraduate studying Anthropology. Before returning to school, she was a market research analyst focused on military and transportation issues, specializing in focus groups, field based research, and the Latin American demographic. Sara worked as a volunteer in Peru during 1995-1996, teaching literacy classes for highland farmers, and remodeling projects at both the community and family levels.

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Jessica Pavliska
Jessica Pavliska

Jessica graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Biological Anthropology in 2013.




















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Nancy Wong
Nancy Wong

Nancy graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies in 2013. She plans to pursue sexuality and higher education in graduate school.













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Kelsey Karpink
Kelsey Karpink

Kelsey graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and minors in both Sexuality and Gender Studies and Spanish. Kelsey plans on continuing her education in graduate school, ideally in the field of Evolutionary Psychology.









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Annie Marcinek
Annie Marcinek

Annie worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the lab.

























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Troy Steiner
Troy Steiner

Troy worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the lab.






















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