Daniel Sellen MA, Ph.D
Departments of Anthropology and Nutritional Sciences
and Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Canada Research Chair in Human Ecology and Public Nutrition

Ph: 416.978.8112
Fax: 416.978.3217

Primary Affiliations

  • Departments of Anthropology and Nutritional Sciences
    and Dalla Lana School of Public Health


  • Human ecology, evolutionary biology and global health consequences of infant and young child feeding and care-giving practices; design, monitoring and evaluation of interventions to improve maternal, neonatal and child nutrition in disadvantaged population                  

Selected Publications:                                                   

  • Sellen, D. W. Evolution of human lactation and complementary feeding: Implications for understanding contemporary cross-cultural variation. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology,  639: 253-282, 2009.

  • Sellen, D. W. Infant and young child feeding practices: evolution, recent cross cultural variation and contemporary public health challenges. Annual Review of Nutrition, 27: 123-147, 2007.
  • Hadley, C., Zodhiates, A. and Sellen, D. W. Acculturation, Economics, and Food Security among Refugees Resettled in the USA: A Case Study of West African Refugees. Public Health Nutrition, 10 (4): 405-412, 2007.

  • Sellen, D. W. Lactation, complementary feeding and human life history. In: The Evolution of Human Life History. R.L. Paine and K. Hawkes, eds., School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, NM, pp. 155-197, 2006.

  • Stein, A.D., Barnett P.G. and D.W. Sellen. Maternal undernutrition and the sex ratio at birth in Ethiopia: evidence from a national sample. Biology Letters, 271 (S3): S37- S39, 2004.

  • Hruschka, D. J., D. W. Sellen, A. D. Stein, and R. Martorell. Delayed onset of lactation and risk of ending full breast feeding early in rural Guatemala. Journal of Nutrition, 133: 2592-2599, 2003.

  • Sellen, D. W. Nutritional consequences of wealth differentials in east African pastoralists: the case of the Datoga of northern Tanzania. Human Ecology, 31 (4): 529-570, 2003.

  • Sellen, D.W., A. Tedstone, and J. Frize. Food insecurity among refugee families in east London: results of a pilot assessment. Public Health Nutrition, 5 (5): 637-644, 2002.

  • Sellen, D. W. Comparison of infant feeding patterns reported for non-industrial populations with current recommendations. Journal of Nutrition 131 (10): 2707-2715, 2001.

  • Sellen, D. W. Seasonal ecology and nutritional status of women and children in a Tanzanian pastoral community. American Journal of Human Biology, 12 (6): 758-781, 2000.

  • Sellen, D. W. Growth patterns among semi-nomadic pastoralists (Datoga) of Tanzania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 109 (2): 187-209, 1999. 

  • Sellen, D. W. Infant and young child feeding practices among African pastoralists: the Datoga of Tanzania. Journal of Biosocial Science, 30 (4): 481-499, 1998.





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