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Charles A. Weitz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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 affects of modernization on activity pattern, cardiovascular function and exercise capacity in the Solomon Islands; on the affect 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.

Publications on research at high altitude in China:

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 n Sexual Dimorphism During Growth at High Altitude on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. In: Bharati and Pal (eds.), Gender Disparity: Manifestations, Causes and Implications. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Pp, 70-102.

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.


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