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Principal Investigator

David Puts    

David Puts // dap27 [at] psu.edu

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.

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Graduate Students

Leslie Doll     Natalie Garcia    

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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Natalie Garcia // nvg109 [at] psu.edu
garcia

Natalie is a Doctoral student in Cognitive Psychology studying the neural underpinnings of facial recognition behavior in adolescents and adults. As part of her rotation in the Puts Lab, she aims to better understand the evolutionary processes by which men and women perceive sexually dimorphic traits (i.e. faces and voices) differently, and how these differences are instantiated in the brain.

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Undergraduate Students

Emily Brokenshire     Janie Johnson     Caroline Magdinec     Stephanie Malpica     Vivianne Mazzocco     Kara Peterson     Maria Rossi     Heather Self     Tessa Sontheimer     Daphne Weidner    

Emily Brokenshire
Emily Brokenshire

Emily is majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management. She is interested in both primate behavior and cultural studies, specifically preserving indigenous sites and traditions. When she's not in lab, Emily enjoys hiking, painting, and exercising.

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Janie Johnson
janie johnson

Janie is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sexuality and Gender Studies. She is interested in taking a biopsychosocial approach to both her research and academic interests, with a focus on the interaction between Evolutionary Psychology and Social Psychology on human sexuality and gender issues. She will be attending Oklahoma State Universityís REU: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior Summer Internship Program. Outside of Psychology, she enjoys drawing and photography, exploring the outdoors, and traveling to new places.

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Caroline Magdinec
Caroline

Caroline is a Senior majoring in Biological and Evolutionary Psychology, and minoring in Anthropology. As well volunteering in various labs on campus, she was involved in Penn State's THON as both a captain and a committee member, and also as an international mentor for incoming students. She hopes to achieve her goal as working as a mental health technician. In her spare time she likes to hang out with friends, watch movies, listen to music, and kayak.

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Stephanie Malpica
stephanie

Stephanie is a junior majoring in anthropology with a minor in sociology. Her concentration is in cultural anthropology, but would like to get more experience with biological anthropology. She is very active in the LGBTQA community and enjoys reading, playing games, and petting cats.

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Vivianne Mazzocco
Viv

Viv is a junior majoring in Anthropology and Spanish, as well as minor in Japanese and TESOL. She also volunteers in an osteology lab and is considering Forensic Anthropology as a graduate degree. In addition, she plans to teach English abroad at some point in the future. On campus, she is involved with Springfield THON, Global Connections, and the Penn State Fencing Club. When she isnít busy with schoolwork or volunteering, she enjoys drawing, running, and watching movies with friends.

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Kara Peterson
kara

Kara is a senior at Penn State double majoring in anthropology and psychology. In addition to working in Dr. Puts' lab she also works in a psychology lab studying power, privilege and prejudice. She plans to attend graduate school, but is unsure of what she wants to study specifically yet. In her free time, Kara enjoys playing volleyball, traveling as much as she can and hanging out with her friends and dogs.

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Maria Rossi
Maria

Maria is a senior majoring in anthropology with minors in business and sociology. As well as volunteering in the lab, she is involved in Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and has volunteered on past THON committees. She is going to be attending law school in the fall and is currently interested in business law. When she is not doing school work, she enjoys SCUBA diving, traveling, kick boxing, and watching movies.

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Heather Self
heather

Heather is majoring in Biological Anthropology with minors in Natural Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She hopes to continue research in her future by exploring the evolution of female sexuality. In her free time she is active in the local Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minority (GSRM) community. Heather also enjoys hanging out and playing video games with her friends.

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Tessa Sontheimer
tessa

Tessa is a freshman currently majoring in Biological Anthropology and pursing a Bachelor of Arts. She is interested in sexual selection, evolutionary history, and cultural norms.

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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

Rob Burriss     Alex Hill     Isaac Santoyo     Lisa Welling    

Rob Burriss // rob [at] robertburriss.com
“Rob

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

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Alex Hill // akh167 [at] psu.edu
Alex Hill

Alex received his professional training in biological anthropology at Penn State and has been a member of the lab since 2008, initially as a graduate student, more recently as a postdoc, and throughout as a hominid interested in our primate heritage. His focus is behavioral biology, particularly the role of sexual selection in humans and nonhuman primates. In his dissertation work he explored the influence of sexual selection on vocalizations among anthropoid species, assessed the relative contributions of mechanisms of sexual selection in shaping current human phenotypes, and examined the voice as a possible biomarker for developmental stability. He is currently an adjunct researcher in the lab as well as an instructor in the Department of Anthropology.

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

Isaac collaborated as a postdoctoral student in the lab.

Isaac on Google Scholar

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Lisa Welling // welling [at] oakland.edu
“Lisa

Lisa was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab from 2009-2012. Previously, she completed her PhD, entitled Individual Differences in Face Preferences, in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Ben Jones. Her research focuses on how hormones affect different aspects of our behavior, including mate-choice, preferences, and attractiveness. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Oakland University, where she runs the Welling Research Lab.

Lisa on Google Scholar

Lisa on Research Gate

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Graduate Alumni

Julia Barndt     Jay Bundy     Lauramarie Pope     John Wheatley     Sarah Wolff    

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

Lauramarie graduated from Penn State with her Master's degree in Anthropology in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology, also at Penn State.

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

John received his M.A. from Penn State's Department of Anthropology in May, 2013. He continued to manage anthropological research projects and co-author publications as a graduate research fellow in the Puts Lab through May, 2015. He has since relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona.

John on Research Gate

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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     Valentina Ceccarelli     Richard Holler     Kelsey Karpink     Annie Marcinek     Jessica Pavliska     Troy Steiner     Nancy Wong    

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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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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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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Jessica Pavliska
Jessica Pavliska

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

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Troy Steiner // tgs5057 [at] psu.edu
Troy Steiner

Troy worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the lab.

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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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Department of Anthropology
218 Carpenter Building
University Park, PA 16802
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EMAIL: dap27 [at] psu.edu



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"The Evolution of Human Mating"
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