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Mark Grote


  • 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.

Research Focus

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.

Selected Publications

Salerno, J., M. Borgerhoff Mulder, M.N. Grote, M. Ghiselli, C. Packer (2016) Household livelihoods and conflict with wildlife in community-based conservation areas across northern Tanzania. Oryx 50: 702-712.

Ransom, K.M., M.N. Grote, A. Deinhart, G. Eppich, C. Kendall, M.E. Sanborn, A.K. Souders, J. Wimpenny, Q.-z. Yin, M. Young, T. Harter (2016) Bayesian nitrate source apportionment to individual groundwater wells in the Central Valley by use of elemental and isotopic tracers. Water Resources Research 52: 5577–5597.

Katz, D.C., M.N. Grote, T.D. Weaver (2016) A mixed model for the relationship between climate and human cranial form. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 160:593-603.

Bettinger, R.L., M.N. Grote (2016) Marginal value theorem, patch choice and human foraging response in varying environments. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 42:79-87.

Towner, M.C., M.N. Grote, M. Borgerhoff-Mulder (2016) Problems modelling behavioural variation across Western North American Indian societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283.

Porter A.M., M.N. Grote, L.A. Isbell, E. Fernandez-Duque, A. Di Fiore (2015) A Saki saga: dynamic and disruptive relationships among Pithecia aequatorialis in Ecuador. Folia Primatologica 86(5):455-473. 

Schacht, R., M. Grote (2015) Partner choice decision making and the integration of multiple cues. Evolution and Human Behavior 36(6):456-466.

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.

Etting, S.F., L.A. Isbell and M.N. Grote (2014) Factors increasing snake detection and perceived threat in captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). American Journal of Primatology 76(2):135-145.

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.