Biological Anthropologist

    Yale University



  • Melanie Martin, PhD


    I examine biocultural influences on growth, development, and reproduction. Specific areas of interest have included: 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. My research is conducted 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).


    I received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and a MA/PhD in Integrative Anthropological Sciences and Certificate in College and University Teaching from the University of California Santa Barbara. I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University. In 2018, I will join the University of Washington Department of Anthropology as an Assistant Professor.

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