- 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. 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.
I specialized early on 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.