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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Professor Sarah Elton, MA, PhD, PGCHE

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40241

Contact Professor Sarah Elton (email at sarah.elton@durham.ac.uk)

Journal Editorships and Editorial Boards

2013 - present: Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Evolution
2013 - present: Editorial Board, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
2009 - 2013: Associate Editor, Journal of Human Evolution.
2008 - 2013: Associate Editor, Folia Primatologica
2008: Editorial Board of Folia Primatologica
2004 - 2007: Editorial Board, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Research Interests

  • Ecology, palaeobiology and palaeoecology
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Functional morphology
  • Old World monkey biogeography
  • Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution
  • Primate locomotion

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Ulijaszek, S., Mann, N. & Elton, S. (2012). Evolving Human Nutrition: Implications for Public Health. Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in book

Edited Journal

Journal Article

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Research Groups

Selected Grants

  • 2009: Leverhulme Project Grant F/00754/C (CI with PI Laura Bishop and CI Peter Ditchfield): £246,000
  • 2008: Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland PhD Studentship (PI with collaborators Paul O’Higgins, Andrea Cardini and Michael Fagan): £58,000
  • 2008: Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland Senior Visiting Fellowship for Bernard Wood (PI with collaborators Paul O’Higgins, Andrea Cardini and Michael Fagan): £18,000
  • 2008: Royal Society International Joint Project Grant (PI with CI Andrea Cardini): £10,910
  • 2006: Marie Curie Early Stage Training site PALAEO MEST-CT-2005-020601 (one of 9 PIs with Terry O’Connor as lead investigator): €2,000,000
  • 2004: NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory IP/831/11-04 (PI with CIs Angela Lamb, Hannah O’Regan and Carolyn Chenery): £2,500 (grant in kind)
  • 2003: Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland Seminar Series Grant (PI with other members of Functional Morphology and Evolution Unit as CIs): £600.
  • 2003: Leverhulme Project Grant F/00128/T (CI with PI Russell Hill and CI Robin Dunbar): £215,000.
  • 2002: NERC EFCHED Project Grant (CI with PI Alan Turner and CIs Laura Bishop and Angela Lamb): £132,000.
  • 2001: Nuffield Foundation Newly Appointed Lecturer in Science Award: £4,250
  • 2001: UKC Social Sciences Faculty Grant: £1,375.

Supervises