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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. A current focus is the design of archaeological experiments aimed at understanding how bone and stone tools were produced and used, along with the analysis of surface scans and other images. Computational Bayesian methods 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

Havmøller, L.W., J.C. Loftus, R.W. Havmøller, S.E. Alavi, D. Caillaud, M.N. Grote, B.T. Hirsch, L.L. Tórrez- Herrera, R. Kays, M.C. Crofoot (2021) Arboreal monkeys facilitate foraging of terrestrial frugivores. Biotropica.

Watson, S., S. Nasoordeen, M.N. Grote, A. MacKay, P. Schmidt (2021) What causes differences in fracture rates of silcrete during heat treatment? A near-infrared study of water-related transformations in South African silcretes. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 39.

Lau, A.R., M.N. Grote, M.E. Dufek, T.J. Franzetti, K.L. Bales, L.A. Isbell (2021) Titi monkey neophobia and visual abilities allow for fast responses to novel stimuli. Scientific Reports 11.

Martisius, N.L., F. Welker, T. Dogandzic, M.N. Grote, W. Rendu, V. Sinet-Mathiot, A. Wilcke, S.J.P. McPherron, M. Soressi, T.E. Steele (2020) Non-destructive ZooMS identification reveals strategic bone tool raw material selection by Neandertals. Scientific Reports 10.

Monteza-Moreno, C.M., M.C. Crofoot, M.N. Grote, P.A. Jansen (2020) Increased terrestriality in a Neotropical primate living on islands with reduced predation risk. Journal of Human Evolution 143.

Martisius. N.L., I. Sidéra, M.N. Grote, T.E. Steele, S.P. McPherron, E. Schulz-Kornas (2018) Time wears on: Assessing how bone wears using 3D surface texture analysis. PLOS ONE.

Clink, D.J., M.N. Grote, M.C. Crofoot. A.J. Marshall (2018) Understanding sources of variance and correlation among features of Bornean gibbon (Hylobates muelleri) female calls. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 144: 698-708.

Dillis, C., A.J. Marshall, C.O. Webb, M.N. Grote (2018) Prolific fruit output by the invasive tree Bellucia pentamera Naudin (Melastomataceae) is enhanced by selective logging disturbance. Biotropica 50: 598-605. 

Bilinski, P. , P.S. Albert, J.J. Berg, J.A. Birchler, M.N. Grote, A. Lorant, J. Quezada, K. Swarts, J. Yang, J. Ross-Ibarra (2018) Parallel altitudinal clines reveal trends in adaptive evolution of genome size in Zea mays. PLOS Genetics.

Katz, D.C., M.N. Grote, T.D. Weaver (2017) Changes in human skull morphology across the agricultural transition are consistent with softer diets in preindustrial farming groups. PNAS 114: 9050-9055.