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Charles A. Weitz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Email: weitz@temple.edu
Office telephone: 215-204-7330


I received my BA in Anthropology at the University of California, and my PhD in Biological Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University. My primary research interests concern the adaptability of living humans to environmental stresses. My research has included a study of the developmental adjustments that indigenous Tibetan and migrant Han populations make to high altitude hypoxia; studies on the effects of modernization on activity pattern, cardiovascular function and exercise capacity in the Solomon Islands; on the effect of disease and nutritional changes on fertility and mortality in Peshawar, Pakistan; on aging, activity pattern, cardiovascular function and exercise capacity at high altitude in Nepal; on the demographic structure of high altitude populations in Nepal; on the relationship between altitude and fertility/mortality in Nepal and India; and on the relationship between morphology and total body cooling among indigenous and migrant populations at high altitude in Peru. I teach courses on human growth, environmental physiology and human ecology.

Selected publications:

Weitz CA, Garruto RM, Chin C-T, Liu J-C, Liu R-L, He X. 2000a. Growth of Qinghai Tibetans Living at Three Different High Altitudes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 111:69-88.

Weitz CA, Garruto RM, Chin C-T, Liu J-C, Liu R-L, He X. 2000b. Morphological Growth of Han Boys and Girls Born and Raised at Sea level and at High Altitude in Western China. American Journal of Human Biology 12:665-681.

Weitz CA, Garruto RM, Chin C-T, Liu J-C, Liu R-L, He X. 2002. Lung Function of Han Chinese Born And Raised Near Sea Level and at High Altitude in Western China. American Journal of Human Biology 14:494-510.

Garruto RM, Chin C-T, Weitz CA, Liu J-C, Liu R-L, He X. 2003. Hematological Differences During Growth Among Tibetan and Han Chinese Born and Raised at High Altitude in Qinghai, China. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 122:171-183.

Weitz CA, Garruto RM, Chin C-T, Liu J-C, He X. 2004a. Morphological  Growth and Thorax Dimensions Among Tibetan Compared To Han Children, Adolescents and Young Adults Born and Raised at High Altitude. Annals of Human Biology 31:292-310.

Weitz CA, Garruto RM. 2004b. The Growth of Han Migrants at High Altitude in Central Asia. American Journal of Human Biology 16:405-419.

Weitz CA, Garruto, RM. 2005. Population Differences in Sexual Dimorphism During Growth at High Altitude on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. In Bharati and Pal (eds.), Gender Disparity: Manifestations, Causes and Implications, pp. 70-102. New Delhi: Anmol Publications.

Weitz CA, Garruto, RM. 2007. A Comparative Analysis of Arterial Oxygen Saturation among Tibetans And Han Born And Raised at High Altitude. High Altitude Medicine & Biology 8(1):13-26.

Nalls MA, Simon-Sanchez J, Gibbs JR, Paisan-Ruiz C, Bras JT, Tanaka T, Matarin M, Scholz S, Weitz C, Harris TB, Ferrucci L, Hardy J, Singleton AB. 2009. Measures of Autozygosity in Decline: Globalization, Urbanization, and its Implications for Medical Genetics. PloS Genetics 5(3):e1000415.

Garruto RM, Weitz CA 2010. Impact of Natural Environmental Stressors on Physiological and Morphological Processes. Methodological Approaches in the Field and laboratory. In Mascie-Taylor CGN, Yasukouchi A, Ulijaszek S (eds.), Human Variation: From the Laboratory to the Field, pp. 269-289. Taylor and Francis.

Weitz CA, Friedlaender F, Van Horn A, Friedlaender JS. 2012. Modernization and the Onset of Overweight and Obesity in Bougainville and Solomon Islands Children: Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Comparisons Between 1966 and 1986. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149:435-446.

Weitz CA, Liu J-C, He X, Chin C-T, Garruto RM. 2013. Responses of Han Migrants Compared to Tibetans at High Altitude. American Journal of Human Biology 25:169-178.

Weitz CA, Friedlaender F, Friedlaender JS. 2014. Adult Lipids Associated With Early Life Growth Stunting in Traditional Melanesian Societies Undergoing Rapid Modernization: A Longitudinal Study of the Mid-20th Century. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153:551-558.

Olszowy KM, Pomer A, Dancause KN, Sun C, Silverman H, Lee G, Chan CW, Tarivonda L, Regenvanu R, Kaneko A, Weitz CA, Lum JK, Garruto RM. 2015. Impact of Modernization on Adult Body Composition on Five Islands of Varying Economic Development in Vanuatu. American Journal of Human Biology 27(6):832-844.

Weitz CA, Garruto RM. Stunting and Lung Volumes among Tibetan Children and Adolescents at High Altitude. High Altitude Medicine and Biology. Sep 23 2015. [Epub ahead of print]

Weitz CA, Garruto RM, Chin C-T. Larger FVC and FEV1 Among Tibetans Compared to Han Born and Raised at High Altitude. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Sep 26 2015. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22873 [Epub ahead of print]


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