I am an Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. I am interested in the effects of lifestyle and global climate change on human health. Specifically, I am interested in how coevolutionary relationships between humans and infectious diseases, especially macroparasites, have shaped immune system development and how novel parasite-free environments result in inflammatory conditions like allergies and autoimmunity.
Ongoing research includes investigating the prevalence and health effects of soil-transmitted helminths (i.e., intestinal parasitic worms) in low-socioeconomic status regions of the United States. I also conduct ongoing research with the Shuar Health and Life History Project, the World Health Organization's SAGE project, and the UCCS Gerontology Research Affiliates.