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 the epidemiologic factors that underlie cross-cultural variation in infant and child development. I have conducted field research in communities of Amazonian forager- horticulturalists (the Tsimane of Bolivia), savannah foragers (the Pumé of Venezuela) and subsistence agriculturalists (the Yucatec Maya).
I am an Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology at Purdue University. I am also a faculty associate at Purdue University's Center on Aging and the Life Course (CALC) and executive board member of Purdue University's Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC)