- PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
I studied math, statistics and genetics as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, and continued there for a M.S. in Statistics. My master's thesis advisor was Joe Felsenstein of the Department of Genetics. I worked as an applied statistician in the Department of Physical Anthropology at UW for a couple of years before going to UC-Berkeley in the early 1990's for more graduate school. My Ph.D. advisors at Berkeley were Glenys Thomson (Integrative Biology) and Terry Speed (Statistics). At UC-Davis I was a post-doctoral researcher in Evolution and Ecology for several years, supervised by John Gillespie and Chuck Langley.
As a scientist, I specialized at first in statistical population genetics. But over the years I've become a generalist, working with anthropologists and others on many kinds of data analysis projects. I spend much of my time helping students formalize the questions they want to answer empirically and supervising their analytic and computing work. Current efforts focus on a global dataset of human cranial shapes, and a few projects involving harmonic analysis are in early stages. Computational Bayesian tools are common elements of my work, but on occasion I gladly take up pen, paper and sit quietly at my desk doing math.
Pacheco-Cobos, L., M.N. Grote, D.J. Kennett, B. Winterhalder (2015) Population and Environmental Correlates of Maize Yields in Mesoamerica: a Test of Boserup’s Hypothesis in the Milpa. Human Ecology 43(4):559-576.
Nunez, C.L., M.N. Grote, M. Wechsler, C.R. Allen-Blevins, K. Hinde (2015) Offspring of primiparous mothers do not experience greater mortality or poorer growth: Revisiting the conventional wisdom with archival records of Rhesus Macaques. American Journal of Primatology 77(9):963–973.
Orozco–Ramírez, Q., S.B. Brush, M.N. Grote and H. Perales (2014) A minor role for environmental adaptation in local–scale maize landrace distribution: results from a common garden experiment in Oaxaca, Mexico. Economic Botany 68(4):383-396.
Koster, J.M., M.N. Grote and B. Winterhalder (2013) Effects on household labor of temporary out-migration by male household heads in Nicaragua and Peru: an analysis of spot-check time allocation data using mixed-effects models. Human Ecology 41(2):221-237.