Christina Bergey

I am currently a post-doc in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University with Dr. George Perry. My research focuses on how genetic material is transferred between populations and species, and the behavioral, ecological, and anthropogenic factors that affect such gene flow. I use genomics and bioinformatic techniques to study population genetics, mostly in humans and other primates. Previously, after receiving my Ph.D. from New York University, I served as a post-doctoral researcher with Dr. Nora Besansky at Notre Dame, working on mosquito population genetics.

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My current major project uses genomic techniques to investigate human adaptations to life in the rainforests of Africa, including the evolution of small body size (the 'pygmy' phenotype) in rainforest hunter-gatherers.