George (PJ) Perry
- 2008 Ph.D. in Anthropology, Arizona State University
- 2005 M.A. in Anthropology, Arizona State University
- 1999 B.A. in Anthropology, Wake Forest University
Research Interests and Activities:
Dr. Perry is interested in human and non-human primate evolutionary ecology -- how we have adapted to our variable or changing environments. The primary research tools used by his group often include analyses of genomic-scale data, especially genome sequence data. In addition to a modern DNA lab, he manages an ancient DNA lab for genomic studies of extinct species (or prehistoric populations of extant species). One of the major project areas in Dr. Perry's lab is focused on the evolutionary ecologies of lemurs in Madagascar, especially on how this diverse group of primates (including extinct species - the giant "subfossil" lemurs) has been affected by, and possibly adapted to, habitat disturbances and hunting pressures associated with the relatively recent arrival of humans to the island ~2,300 years ago. Another project area is focused on the evolutionary ecology of human rainforest hunter-gatherers, including the identification and characterization of convergent patterns of adaptation among genetically distinct African and Southeast Asian populations. Finally, his group has begun genomic and ancient DNA studies of various human parasites, including tapeworms and hookworms, as proxies from which to make inferences about our own evolutionary and ecological history.
Madagascar (extant and extinct lemurs, and people), Uganda (Batwa rainforest hunter-gatherers), and Peru (tapeworm functional genomics)