Amanda Veile studied Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of New Mexico (Ph.D. 2011) and joined the faculty at Purdue University in 2015.
Faculty Associate: Center on Aging and the Life Course
Fall 2019: Culture, Food and Health (ANTH 212)
Fall 2019: Foundations of Biological Anthropology (ANTH 535)
Evolution of the human life course, human reproductive and behavioral ecology, immuno-nutritional development of infants and children, lactation and evolutionary obstetrics, Latin American indigenous health.
Dr. Veile directs the Laboratory for Behavior, Ontogeny and Reproduction (LABOR), a biohazard level-2 wet lab with capacity to run Enzyme Linked Immunoassays (ELISA) to measure metabolic hormones and immunoproteins in human saliva and dried blood spots (http://www.amandaveile.com/labor.html).
Dr. Veile conducts research in human evolutionary biology. Her PhD research (University of New Mexico) linked infant feeding patterns and immunological maturation to energetic and epidemiologic conditions in the Bolivian Tsimane (Amazonian forager-farmers) and the Venezuelan Pumé, (savannah foragers). In her postdoctoral research (Harvard University), she examined infant diets and adaptive growth strategies in Yucatec Maya subsistence farmers. Her current project examines the biological causes and consequences of rising cesarean birth rates in modernizing Latin America indigenous communities. In the Yucatec Maya, she has launched an investigation of rising cesarean delivery rates, infant growth, immunological maturation, and gut microbiome assembly.
Veile's research has been funded by The National Science Foundation, Harvard University Society of Fellows, Harvard University FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Claire Garber Goodman Fund (Dartmouth College), the Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University College of Liberal Arts, and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI-NIH).
Her research has been published in the Journal of Human Lactation, Social Science and Medicine, PlosOne, Physiology and Behavior, Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, and the American Journal of Human Biology.