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Portrait of Amanda Veile

I am a biological anthropologist, and I study the behavioral ecology and developmental biology of foragers and small-scale farmers in Latin America. My research specifically examines birthing practices, breastfeeding ecology and epidemiologic factors that underlie cross-cultural variation in infant and child development. I have conducted field research in communities of Amazonian forager-horticulturalists (Tsimane of Bolivia), savannah foragers (Pumé of Venezuela) and subsistence agriculturalists (Yucatec Maya). I am an Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology, a Center on Aging and the Life Course (CALC) faculty associate, an Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC) executive board member, and the Director of LABOR (Laboratory for Behavior, Ontogeny and Reproduction) at Purdue University.