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I am a biological anthropologist who conducts research on how humans avoid and recover from pathologies, such as infectious disease and injury. I also investigate how disease avoidance and recovery mechanisms sometimes malfunction in contemporary environments that are, in many ways, very different from the environments that have prevailed throughout most of human evolutionary history. My research program combines theory development, fieldwork with Shuar forager horticulturalists in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and analysis of large-scale epidemiological datasets.

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