Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson
Department of Anthropology
UC Santa Barbara
Postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Amy Anderson is a graduate student in Integrated Anthropological Sciences. Her research focuses on the skeletal biology of disease and nutrition in living and past populations. Her current research is an analysis of anemia and its risk factors in the Tsimane of lowland Bolivia. She is also interested in ecological immunology and skeletal variation over the life course as it relates to pathogen load and nutritional status, particularly in diseases that present salient public health challenges with a traceable history in the archaeological record, such as tuberculosis.

She holds a BA in archaeology and classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. 2019-2021. Co-PI. $18,780.

CSB Integrated Anthropological Sciences Graduate Student Summer Research Block Grant. 2019. $1,650

UCSB Integrated Anthropological Sciences Graduate Student Summer Research Block Grant. 2018. $1,970

2019-20 Graduate Opportunity Fellowship.National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention

UCSB Integrated Anthropological Sciences Graduate Student Research and Writing Grant. $2,000

Human Biology Association Student Member Travel Award. $500


LO O’Donnell, EC Hill, AS Anderson, HJH Edgar. 2021. 
"A biological approach to adult sex differences in skeletal indicators of childhood stress. "
American Journal of Biological Anthropology.
WC McCool, AS Anderson, DJ Kennett. 2021.
"Using a multimethod life history approach to navigate the osteological paradox: A case study from Prehispanic Nasca, Peru. "
American Journal of Physical Anthropology. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.24279
AS Anderson, ML Sutherland, LO O’Donnell, EC Hill, DR Hunt, AD Blackwell, MD Gurven. 2021. 
"Do computed tomography findings agree with traditional osteological examination? The case of porous cranial lesions. "
International Journal of Paleopathology.
AO O'Donnell, E Hill, AS Anderson, H Edgar. 2020. 
"Cribra orbitalia and porotic hyperostosis are associated with respiratory infections in a contemporary mortality sample from New Mexico. "
American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Accepted. 
Research Themes:
C Hové, BC Trumble, AS Anderson, J Stieglitz, H Kaplan, MD Gurven, AD Blackwell. 2020. 
"Immune function during pregnancy varies between ecologically distinct populations. "
Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health. DOI: 10.1093/emph/eoaa022  
Research Themes:
AS Anderson, B Trumble, C Hove, TS Kraft, H Kaplan, M Gurven, AD Blackwell. 2019.
"Old Friends and Friendly Fire: Potential Costs of Fetal Tolerance among Tropical Horticulturalists in a Hookworm-Endemic Environment"
American Journal of Human Biology. DOI:10.1002/ajhb.23337