Bio

I am a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow in the Human Evolution and Energetics Lab (with Dr. Herman Pontzer) in the Department of Anthropology at CUNY Hunter College. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University in 2016. As a biological anthropologist, I use the principles of evolutionary ecology and life history theory to better understand human physiology, health, and behavior. I am particularly interested in nutritional/epidemiological transitions among small-scale populations and the way in which children living in different environments manage the allocation of energetic resources between important life tasks (e.g., physical activity, growth, and immunity). I am currently engaged in long-term field and laboratory research among forager-horticulturalists in Ecuador and Papua New Guinea as well as with subsistence agriculturalists in Mexico. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the LSB Leakey Foundation, the Czech Science Foundation, and others.

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Physical Activity Impacts Child Growth, New Hunter Study Finds (Hunter College)