Joseph Stout

Joseph Stout

Lecturer, Biology, Department of Biological Sciences

Contact Information


  • Human Evolution
  • Human Physiology
  • Biological Diversity laboratory


  • Crustacean physiology and the effects of neuropeptides on behavior
  • Aquaculture and hydroponics
  • Human physical and cultural evolution with a focus on throwing weapons and tool development


  • BA, Sarah Lawrence College
  • MA, New School for Social Research
  • PhD, Rutgers University

Academic Profile

My wide range of research interests are united in an attempt to determine why organisms (including humans), do what they do.  My research team and I have investigated the behavioral effects of glutamate, dopamine, and glucose on shrimp activity rates. 

I am also investigating bi-facial stone tools and testing possible uses as throwing weapons in the lower paleolithic.  Throwing is one of the unique abilities of H. sapiens, but its role in our evolution is often overlooked.

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