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EDUCATION

2011: PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
Dissertation: "The Evolutionary Ecology of Human Infancy"

2006: M.S. Anthropology, Human Evolutionary Ecology emphasis (with distinction)
Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

2004: B.S. Anthropology with Biology minor (Summa cum laude)
Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
Senior honors thesis: “Infant Feeding Patterns of the Bolivian Tsimane”

2000: A.S. in Recreation and Wildlife Management
School of Natural Resources, Hocking College

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT AND AFFILIATIONS

2015-present: Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology, Purdue University

2015-present: Faculty Associate
Center on Aging and the Lifecourse, Purdue University

2015-present: Executive Committee Member
Ingestive Behavior Research Center, Purdue University

2014-2015: Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

2012-2014: Lecturer
Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

2011-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

POSTDOCTORAL FUNDING (≥ 1000)

2017: ASPIRE Travel Grant, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University($1500)

2017: Project Development Team Pilot Funding, Indiana: Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), "Birth in Transition: Implications for Child Growth and Gut Microbiome Maturation." ($10,000)

2017: Study Abroad Intercultural Learning Grant (SAIL), College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University($1100)

2017: Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences (ERSS) Grant, Purdue University, "Biology and Socioecology of Birth and Early Childhood Maturational Processes: A Semi-Longitudinal Study of Yucatec Maya Subsistence Farmers." ($35,000)

2016: ASPIRE Travel Grant, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University($2500)

2016: Purdue Research Foundation Faculty Summer Grant, "Assessing the Costs and  Benefits of the Medicalization of Birth and Increasing Cesarean Birth Rates in Maya Subsistence Farmers." ($8000)

2015: ASPIRE Grant, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University, "Attachment Behaviors in the Yucatec Maya." ($2500)

2014: Claire Garber Goodman Grant, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College,
“Changing Birth Dynamics in a Yucatec Maya Community." ($4590)

2013: Postdoctoral Award for Professional Development, Harvard University ($1000)

2012: Harvard University Fellow, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology ($4000)

INVITED LECTURES

2017: Biological Causes and Consequences of Cesarean Birth. Biology Department Seminar, Wabash College, Crawfordsville IN, USA (Aug 31).

2017: Investigaciones de Salúd Indígena en México y Sudamérica: Contribuciones de la Antropología Biológica (Investigations of Indigenous Health in Mexico and South America: Contributions of Biological Anthropology), Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Perú (Aug 11).

2017: Investigaciones de Salúd Indígena en México y Sudamérica: Contribuciones de la Antropología Biológica). Universidad Nacional Hermilio Valdizan, Huánuco, Perú (Aug 10).

2017: Investigaciones de Salúd Indígena en México y Sudamérica: Contribuciones de la Antropología Biológica. Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga, Ayachuco, Perú (Aug 7).

2016: Birth in Transition: Implications for Indigenous Health and Demography. Department of Anthropology, Notre Dame University, IN, USA (Sep 20).

2016: Attachment Behaviors in the Yucatec Maya. Children Seen and Heard Across the Globe Workshop, Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands (June 20).

2015: The Dynamic Duo: Global Transitions and the Mother-Infant Dyad. Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, TX, USA (Feb 4).

2014: The Dynamic Duo: Epidemiologic and Life History Perspectives on the Mother- Infant Dyad. Department of Anthropology, Purdue University, IN, USA (Dec 12).

2014: Global Transitions and the Mother-Infant Dyad. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Southern Mississippi, MS, USA (Nov 24).

2014: Epidemiologic Perspectives on Breastfeeding Dynamics in Latin American Indigenous Communities, Guest lecture for a Graduate Seminar on Indigenous Health, Department of Anthropology, Yale University, CT, USA (Oct 15).

2014: Breastfeeding Practices of Indigenous Women. Presentation of data analysis to the study community, Centro de Salud (Health Center), Xculoc, Campeche, Mexico (June 5).

2014: Ecological Dimensions of Early Life Development. Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Child and Family Studies, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, USA (April 3).

2014: Ecological Dimensions of Infant Health in Indigenous South American Populations. Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Child and Family Studies, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, USA (April 3).

2014: Biocultural Dimensions of Infant Health in Indigenous Latin American Communities. Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College, NY, USA (Feb 27).