Biological Anthropologist

    University of Washington



  • Melanie Martin, PhD


    I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. My research examines biocultural influences on growth, development, and reproduction, including: breastfeeding and complementary feeding behaviors in relation to infant health and maternal reproductive outcomes; infant gut and oral microbial development; female hormonal transitions, growth, and well-being during puberty. I conduct research with two ongoing studies of indigenous health across the life course: the Chaco Area Reproductive Ecology Program (Argentina) and the Tsimane Health and Life History Project (Bolivia).


    From 2016 - 2018 I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University. I completed my PhD in Integrative Anthropological Sciences in 2015 at the University of California Santa Barbara, with a Certificate in College and University Teaching. I received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. 

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