Diversity Statement

‘We understand that scientific excellence depends on creativity, that creativity emerges from diversity, and that the advantages of diversity are realized through inclusion.’

David Asai

Our lab recognizes that societal and institutional discrimination is real, persistent, and an unbearable burden for many in this world. We in PEEL want to welcome, encourage, and support all individuals within our academic and community space. We are committed to cultivate a collaborative and safe environment that is equitable and attainable for all. We welcome people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, nationality, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, and age. We know it is not enough to say that we will “not be racist” or “discriminatory”. We act against racism by acknowledging personal privileges, confronting discriminatory acts, and work to change our implicit biases. Additionally, we make it a priority to work with and take guidance from local organizations, individuals, and institutions in the field. Progress and innovation come from the integration of ideas by individuals with a diverse mix of backgrounds, experiences, and identities. More time and energy should and will be given to those who have been overlooked in history and society, allowing for new perspectives and questions to be born. We are always looking for and want to work with interested collaborators, colleagues, peers, and students.

‘All our silences in the face of racist assault are acts of complicity.’

bell hooks

PI: Michael Wasserman


I am associate professor of Anthropology and Human Biology at Indiana University Bloomington, as well as P.I. of the Primate Environmental Endocrinology Lab (PEEL).

From 2013-2016, I was assistant professor of Environmental Science and Policy at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  Prior to that, I was a Tomlinson postdoctoral research fellow and instructor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University from 2011-2013.  I received my PhD from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011.  My undergraduate degrees are in Anthropology (BA) and Zoology (BS) from the University of Florida.

My research interests include primate ecology and evolution, environmental endocrinology, nutritional anthropology, and conservation and sustainability.  I am currently examining ecological and evolutionary relationships between wild primates and exogenous chemicals that interact with the endocrine system, including naturally-occurring phytosteroids and anthropogenic pesticides, with relevance to understanding the roles of endocrine disruptors in primate conservation and modern human morbidity, mortality, and reproduction.

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