HWISE Scholar Highlight – Dr. Asher Rosinger

Dr. Asher Rosinger is this month’s HWISE Scholar Highlight.

Asher Rosinger is a human biologist and the Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in Global Health at Pennsylvania State University with appointments in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and the Department of Anthropology. Upon completion of his doctorate, Dr. Rosinger was selected as only one of two anthropologists to serve as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  At Penn State, he directs the Water, Health, and Nutrition Laboratory. His overall research program is designed to understand how humans meet their water needs and the range of human variation in water intake and how this relates to perception, environmental resources, water insecurity, and health, hydration, and disease risk. In particular, he examines these issues in the Bolivian Amazon among indigenous Tsimane’ forager-horticulturalists, in Kenya among Daasanach agro-pastoralists, in the US using complex survey data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), and cross-culturally with the Household Water Insecurity Experiences Scale (HWISE) consortium. He explores the consequences of these strategies, states of health and behaviors, and of different diseases on hydration status using biomarker data.  

Selected Recent Publications (full list: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=c89wo3AAAAAJ&hl=en):

Bethancourt H^, Leonard WR, Tanner S, Schultz AF, Rosinger AY (Senior author). (2019) Longitudinal changes in body composition and diet among adult Tsimane’ forager- horticulturalists of Bolivia, 2002–2010. Obesity: 27(8):1347-1359.

Rosinger AY, Bethancourt HJ^, Francis LA. (2019). Association of Caloric Intake From Sugar-Sweetened Beverages With Water Intake Among US Children and Young Adults in the 2011-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. JAMA Pediatrics: 173(6): 602-604. 

Rosinger AY, Ice G. (2019). Secondary data analysis to answer human biology questions. Methods Toolkit article. American Journal of Human Biology: 31(3): e23232 (1-19).

Rosinger AY, Pontzer H, Raichlen D, Wood B, Tanner S, Sands J. (2019). Age-related decline in urine concentration may not be universal: Comparative study from the US and two small-scale societies. American Journal of Physical Anthropology: 168(4): 705-716. https://doi.org/10.1002/AJPA.23788

Rosinger AY, Chang A-M, Buxton O, Li J, Wu S, Gao X. (2019). Short sleep is associated with inadequate hydration: Cross-cultural evidence from US and Chinese adults. SLEEP, 42(2): https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsy210

Brewis A, Rosinger A, Wutich A, Adams E, Cronk L, Pearson A, Workman C, Young S, and HWISE RCN Consortium. (2019).Water Sharing, Reciprocity, and Need: A Comparative Study of Inter-Household Water Transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Economic Anthropology, 6(2): 208-221. https://doi.org/10.1002/sea2.12143

Rosinger AY, Young SL, Collins SM, Haider SR, Mishra P, Nagai HT, Petro M, Downs JA. (2018). Schistosomiasis and hydration status: Schistosoma haematobium, but not Schistosoma mansoni increases urine specific gravity among rural Tanzanian women. American Journal of Physical Anthropology: 166(4): 952-959.

Rosinger AY, Herrick K, Wutich A, Yoder J, Ogden C. (2018). Tap or bottled water? Disparities in plain, tap, and bottled water consumption among US adults, 2007–2014. Public Health Nutrition; 21(8): 1455-1464.

Rosinger AY. (2018). Household water insecurity after a historic flood: Diarrhea and dehydration in the Bolivian Amazon. Social Science & Medicine; 197: 192-202.

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