Casey N. West

Casey N. West

Ph.D. University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
M.A. University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
B.A. UMass Amherst 2016


Research Interests:
Interaction between endocrine disrupting chemicals and the human reproductive system; the impact of pollutants on the human sex ratio.

Area of Study:
Northeast U.S.

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Lawrence M. Schell, Biological Anthropology

Anthropology was something I discovered only after I had already started my undergraduate program, and it really encapsulated everything I loved learning and reading about growing up. As I went through my academic career and the four subfields, issues of human exposure to environmental toxicants became an interest of mine. Growing up near an EPA superfund site, it really puts into perspective how biological anthropology can help look at the consequences for local populations. Who experiences exposure? What happens when they experience exposure? While my specific interest is in the reproductive system, I believe anthropologists are particularly poised to answer this question.