Melanie Martin

Melanie Martin
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Santa Barbara

Melanie Martin is a UCSB graduate student in Integrative Anthropological Sciences. Her research focuses on how disease and nutritional ecology shape maternal and child morbidity, mortality, and fertility. She conducts fieldwork with the Tsimane, an indigenous population of lowland Bolivia, and is affiliated with the Tsimane Health and Life History Project. Her research with the Tsimane explores how variation in breastfeeding and weaning practices influence Tsimane infant morbidity, postpartum fecundity, and fertility rates. She is also interested in how factors such as infant growth, maternal condition, family structure, familial resources, and cultural norms influence variation in early breastfeeding practices among Tsimane mothers. 

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2012-2015)
Wenner Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2012 -2013)
UC President's Dissertation Year Fellowship (2012- 2013)

Tenure-track in Anthropology at University of Washington.


Blackwell A, Martin M, Kaplan H, Gurven M.  2013.
"Antagonism between two intestinal parasites in humans: the importance of coinfection for infection risk and recovery dynamics."
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280(1769): 20131671. 
Martin, M., Blackwell, A., Gurven, M., Kaplan, H. (2013)
"Make new friends and keep the old? Parasite coinfection and comorbidity in Homo sapiens."
In: Primates, Pathogens and Evolution. Developments in Primatology Series. Editors: Brinkworth, J.F. and E. Pechenkina. New York: Springer. 
Martin, M.A., Glassek, W.D., Gaulin, S.J.C., Evans, R.W., Woo, J.G., Geraghty, S.R., Davidson, B.S., Morrow, A.L., Kaplan, H.S., Gurven, M.D.
"Fatty acid composition in the mature milk of Bolivian forager-horticulturalists: controlled comparisons with a U.S. sample."
Maternal and Child Nutrition 8(3):404-418. 2012.
Martin M and Sela D.
"Infant gut microbiota: developmental influences and health outcomes."
In: Building Babies: Primate Development in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective. Clancy K, Hinde K, Rutherford J., eds. Springer. 2012.