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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. 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

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 their questions 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

Katz, D.C., M.N. Grote, T.D. Weaver (in press) Changes in human skull morphology across the agricultural transition are consistent with softer diets in preindustrial farming groups. PNAS. 

Porter, A.M., M.N. Grote, L.A. Isbell, E. Fernandez-Duque, A. Di Fiore (2017) Delayed Dispersal and Immigration in Equatorial Sakis (Pithecia aequatorialis): Factors in the Transition from Pair- to Group-Living. Folia Primatologica 88: 11-27.

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.