Julie Lesnik

Assistant Professor Anthropology
Phone: 313-577-2935

Areas of expertise



Julie Lesnik is an expert in the evolution of the human diet, specifically in regards to entomophagy, or eating insects, and hominin ecology. Her work includes an assessment of the nutritional role that termites would have fulfilled in the diet of South African robust australopithecines and identification of which taxa of termites would be the most likely candidates for consumption. She has also examined how patterns of insect foraging contribute to the debate over the origins of the sexual division of labor. Professor Lesnik's current projects include My current projects include an upcoming book, Entomophagy and Evolution: Eating Insects Past, Present, and Future, as well as continued work in south and east Africa reconstructing the role of insects in the hominin diet.

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