Author: Sabrina Sholts

Sabrina Sholts

Sabrina Sholts is a curator in the Department of Anthropology at NMNH and Director of the Smithsonian Institution Bio-Imaging Research (SIBIR) Center. Her research focuses on the intersection of human health and the environment. Her work integrates methods of biological anthropology, experimental archaeology, toxicology, and environmental medicine to analyze human exposure to environmental contaminants over time and identify infectious diseases in the past. She received her PhD in Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara and was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley (Integrative Biology) and Stockholm University (Biophysics and Biochemistry).

Will the Blue Marble Stay Blue? This famous Earth photo, known as The Blue Marble, was taken on December 7, 1972 by astronauts on the Apollo 17 spacecraft – the last manned lunar mission that provided humans with such an opportunity. Beautiful and fragile, the Blue Marble became a symbol of the environmental movement and part of the official Earth Day flag (Photo credit: NASA).