I am an evolutionary anthropologist and biologist, currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. My research addresses the short and long-term impacts of reproduction on the life course of female primates. Specifically, I am interested in how reproduction affects the immune system, and how that may contribute to life-long morbidity and early life mortality. I use a variety of biomarkers, including hormones, genetics, and infectious disease, in combination with long-term demographic data of wild chimpanzees to address these questions.
I also have a strong background in evolutionary and population genetics with a focus on the processes that have shaped neutral genetic variation in extant human populations, as well as parasites and their hosts.
I have used a combination of field, laboratory (i.e., microscopy, DNA sequencing, microsatellite generation, and radio/enzyme immunoassays), and computational methods (i.e., biostatistics, computer programming, and modeling) to achieve my research goals.