Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty
Diana Sherry's scholarly interests involve understanding human behavior and biology from an evolutionary perspective. Her research focuses mainly on the relationship between nutritional ecology and endocrine physiology. As part of her dissertation, Sherry studied the effects of body weight and insulin levels on the reproductive hormones of American Samoan women within the context of a modernizing society.
Sherry's other research topics include the study of dietary ecology in hunter-gatherer societies and the reproductive biology of wild chimpanzees in relation to seasonal resource availability. Her recent publications have appeared in the American Journal of Human Biology and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Sherry's scholarly pursuits also include expanding case-based teaching methods for the biological sciences and examining the role of evolutionary biology in modern society and everyday life.