I am a biological anthropologist broadly interested in behavioral ecology, human biology, biocultural anthropology, cultural evolution, and evolutionary medicine. My research interests include the evolutionary ecology of plant use; substance use within the context of toxin regulation and self-medication; and medicinal foods and medicines. I primarily conduct research in sub-Saharan Africa among Congo Basin foragers and east African pastoralists.
I am Assistant Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University and direct the Department of Anthropology's Human Biology Research Laboratory. The lab houses equipment that assays human biological specimens (e.g., saliva, urine) for biomarkers related to drug use, immune function, and life histories.
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