AABA hosts a monthly webinar series to bring out community together in a time of social-distancing. On this web page, you'll find a list of our past scientifically-oriented webinars. We also hosted three professional development webinars addressing how the covid-19 pandemic affects our professional lives.

For future webinars, please visit our main webinar page!

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The 4-Part #Hackademics Series (Hacks for Succeeding in Academia)

Does the academic career path seem like a mystery? An unsolvable puzzle? Maybe you could use some insider insight as to how to make it all work? AABA has the webinar series for you: #Hackademics

Building off of the series recently published in the American Journal of Human Biology by our sister organization the Human Biology Association, we bring you a series of discussions by those same authors. For details about these four conversations, be sure to check out the #Hackademics webpage.

#Hackademics 1: Balancing Family, Drama, Fieldwork, AND Teaching?

#Hackademics 2: On Mentoring and Un-Teaching in Anthropology

#Hackademics 3: The Cultureshocks of Coming Home and Communicating across Disciplines

#Hackademics 4: Sharing with the Public & Getting the Academy to Count It


Planning for the 2022 Annual Meeting

December 13, 2021

View the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Join in for updates and a Q&A on the plans for the 2022 annual meeting scheduled for March 2022.

  • Steve Leigh, AABA President
  • Leslea Hlusko, AABA Vice President
  • Lori Strong, AABA Conference Executive Director

2021 Dialogues in Decoloniz(s)ation Series

This webinar series explores two questions:

What does decolonization entail?

What strategies might be employed to achieve a decolonized biological anthropology?

Our goal is to provide a space where participants can explore the impact that colonial practices have had on biological anthropology, including on our curricula, our practices, and our narratives. To facilitate grounding general topics (e.g. decolonizing curricula, fieldwork, authorship) within regional issues and concerns (e.g. decolonizing African palaeosciences), and with an eye towards incorporating diverse views and perspectives, these webinars will feature experts from around the world actively engaging in these issues in their home countries.


July 13, 2021

View the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Co-organizers: Lauren Schroeder and Rebecca Rogers Ackermann


  • Dr. Wendy Black (Iziko Museums of South Africa)
  • Ms. Robyn Humphreys (University of Cape Town)
  • Dr. Fredrick Manthi (National Museums of Kenya)
  • Dr. Charles Musiba (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Dr. Yonatan Sahle (University of Cape Town)
  • Moderator: Prof. Rebecca Rogers Ackermann (University of Cape Town

Co-sponsored by AABA COD-International and COD-TASK

Co-organizers: Dr. Lauren Schroeder and Dr. Rebecca Rogers Ackermann

Part II: Southern, Southeastern and Australasia

October 6, 2021

Watch the video here

Co-organizers: Sheela Athreya, Martin Porr, Rebecca Rogers Ackermann, and Lauren Schroeder


  • Dr. Amber Aranui, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Dr. Matthew Go, SNA International, supporting the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI, USA
  • Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta, Urban Slender Loris Project, Bangalore, India  and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Mr. David Johnston, Australia National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Dr. Erin Riley, San Diego State University, CA USA


Dr. Sheela Athreya, Texas A&M University-Qatar

Dr. Martin Porr, The University of Western Australia

The Insider's Guide to AABA's 2021 Virtual Conference

March 8, 2021

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Anne Grauer, AABA President

Description: Join us for a demo of the virtual platform AABA will be using for our annual conference scheduled for April 7-28, 2021. See all the cool features, get a sense of how the events will work, and learn how to upload your presentation. You can also learn more about the meeting on our 90th annual conference webpage.


  • Steve Leigh, AABA President-elect
  • Leslea Hlusko, AABA Vice President & Program Chair
  • Lori Strong, Burk Associates

Black in BioAnthropology: Journeys, Belonging and Legacy

February 4, 2021

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Dag Abebe (City University of New York)

Description: This panel discussion explored Black scholars' experiences in biological anthropology as part of the #BlackinBioAnth week (February 1-7, 2021) created and organized by Black in BioAnthropology (BiBA). This live event was co-hosted by the AABA.


  • Dr. LaShanda Williams (EMD Serono/Merck)
  • Delande Justinvil (PhD Student, American University)
  • Myeashea Alexander (@TheRockStarAnthropologist, Sci. Communicator)
  • Dr. Denné Reed (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Dr. Allison Nesbitt (University of Missouri, School of Medicine)

Black in BioAnthropology: Kick-off Keynote by Dr. Stephanie Poindexter

February 1, 2021

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Megan Henriquez (City University of New York)

Description: This keynote address by primatologist and conservation biologist Dr. Stephanie Poindexter (University of Buffalo) was part of the #BlackinBioAnth week (February 1-7, 2021) created and organized by Black in BioAnthropology (BiBA). This live event was co-hosted by the AABA.


The Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs of Computational Genomics in Anthropology

November 23rd, 2020

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Many thanks to our sponsor for this webinar, The Royal Society. Follow them on twitter @theroyalsociety

Organizer: Xinjun Zhang (postdoc, anthropological geneticist at UCLA)

Description: Over the last decade, computational genomics has brought a whirlwind of new insights to human evolution. We have so far witnessed a rapid emergence of genomics data and quantitative methods. This month, AABA brings you a panel of four experts to talk about their fascinating research in human demographic history, with a particular focus on the start-of-the-art analytical methods used in anthropological genomics nowadays, including their assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses.


Voices from Down Under: Biological Anthropology in Australia and New Zealand

October 13, 2020

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Tanya Smith, Griffith University 


  • Rebecca Kinaston, University of Otago, Recent bioarchaeological research from Indonesia
  • Cyril Grueter, University of Western Australia, Secondary sexual traits and complex sociality in primates
  • Clare McFadden, Australian National University, Situating bioarchaeology in multidisciplinary approaches to palaeodemography and palaeoepidemiology
  • Andy Herries, La Trobe University, New hominin fossil discoveries from Drimolen Cave, South Africa, and their relevance to the evolution of Paranthropus and Homo erectus 

Co-sponsored by The Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB) www.australasianhumanbiology.com

Community Discussion on AABA's 2021 Annual Meeting

September 15, 2020

Watch the video of the community discussion on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Anne Grauer, AABA President


  • Steve Leigh, , AABA Vice President & Program Chair
  • Leslea Hlusko, AABA Vice President & Program Chair
  • Brett Burk and Lori Strong, Burk Associates

The evolution and history of human diseases: from the archaic hominins to the Black Death and Sars-Cov-2

August 24, 2020

Watch the video of the human diseases panel on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Eduardo Amorim (University of Lausanne)


  • A New History of the Black Death (and Why It Matters for the History of Pandemics: Monica H. Green (Independent Scholar)
  • The impact of infectious diseases on human evolution: Lluis Quintana-Murci (Institute Pasteur and Collège de France)
  • Patterns of genomic diversity in SARS-CoV-2: Lucy van Dorp (University College London)

Questions, comments, or webinar ideas? Please email AABA Vice President Leslea Hlusko.

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