Lynnette Leidy Sievert

Lynnette Leidy Sievert
Title: 
Professor
Contact: 
leidy@anthro.umass.edu
Research Interests: 
Biological anthropology, reproductive ecology, evolutionary medicine, human variation, menopause, women's health. U.S., Mexico.
Biography: 

Lynnette Leidy Sievert has studied variation in age at menopause and symptoms at midlife for more than 30 years.  In collaboration with local researchers, she carried out studies of menopause in western Massachusetts; Hilo, Hawaii; the Selška Valley, Slovenia; Asunción and Mbaracayu, Paraguay; Puebla and Campeche, Mexico; Sylhet, Bangladesh; and London, UK, as well as pilot studies in Odisha, India, and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  Sievert also studies and writes about the evolution of menopause and post-reproductive life.  Of late, she has been disentangling the experience of hot flashes from the heat and humidity of Campeche, Mexico, and planning to study hot flashes in the winter cold of Mongolia.  Her current study is on hot flashes in relation to estimates of brown adipose tissue.  Sievert is an elected Fellow of the AAAS, served on the Board of Trustees of the North American Menopause Society, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Human Biology, the journal of the Human Biology Association.