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I am an Assistant Professor and biological anthropologist in the Anthropology Department at Queens College (CUNY) (Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2011; M.A., Louisiana State University, 2005; B.A., New York University, 2002). My research focuses on the influence of human reproductive ecology, skeletal health, and energetics and is strongly rooted in life history theory. Specifically, my research uses an integrative, biocultural approach to explore the physiological and behavioral strategies that Indigenous Ecuadorian Shuar women adopt to meet the elevated costs of reproduction.

Since 2007, I have conducted fieldwork in Amazonian Ecuador as research coordinator of the Shuar Health and Life History Project. The project focuses on a number of different dimensions of health, subsistence, economy, and demography among the Shuar forager-horticulturalists.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (beginning with most recent)

Gerber LM and Madimenos FC. 2016. Bone health in midlife women. In Biological measures of human experience across the lifespan: making visible the invisible. (Editors) LL Sievert and DE Brown. Springer Press. Pg 255-273. (PDF)

Gildner TE, Cepon-Robins TJ, Liebert MA, Urlacher SS, Madimenos FC, Snodgrass JJ, Sugiyama LS. 2016. Regional variation in Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura infections by age cohort and sex: effects of market integration among the indigenous Shuar of Amazonian Ecuador. J Physiol Anthropol 35:28-38. (PDF)

Stieglitz J, Madimenos FC, Kaplan H, Gurven M. 2016. Calcaneal quantitative ultrasound indicates reduced bone status among physically active adult forager-horticulturalists. Bone Miner Res 31(3):663-671. (PDF)

Urlacher SS, Liebert MA, Snodgrass JJ, Blackwell AD, Cepon-Robins TJ, Gildner TE, Madimenos FC, Amir D, Bribiescas RG, Sugiyama LS. 2016. Heterogeneous effects of market integration on subadult body size and nutritional status among the Shuar of Amazonian Ecuador. Ann Hum Biol 43:316-329. (PDF)

Madimenos FC. 2015. An evolutionary and life history perspective on osteoporosis. Ann Rev Anthropol 44:189-206.  (LINK)

Madimenos FC, Liebert MA, Cepon TJ, Snodgrass JJ,  Sugiyama LS. 2015. Determining osteoporosis risk in older Colono adults from rural Amazonian Ecuador using calcaneal ultrasonometry. Am J Hum Biol  27: 139–142. (PDF)

Stieglitz J, Beheim BA, Trumble BC, Madimenos FC, Kaplan H, and Gurven M. 2015. Low mineral density of a weight-bearing bone among adult women in a high fertility population. Am J Phys Anthropol 156:637-648. (PDF)

Cepon-Robins TJ, Liebert MA, Gildner TE, Urlacher SS, Colehour AM, Snodgrass JJ, Madimenos FC, Sugiyama LS. 2014. Soil-transmitted helminth prevalence and infection intensity among geographically and economically distinct Shuar communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. J Parasitol 100(5):598-607. (PDF)
Liebert MA, Snodgrass JJ, Blackwell AD, Madimenos FC, Sugiyama LS. 2013. The effects of market integration on blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in an indigenous lowland Ecuadorian population. Ann Hum Biol 40(3):228-242. Recipient of the Nick Norgan Award for best paper published in 2013. (PDF)

Madimenos FC, Snodgrass JJ, Liebert MA, Cepon TJ, and Sugiyama LS.  Reproductive effects on skeletal health in Shuar women of Amazonian Ecuador: a life history perspective. 2012. Am J Hum Biol 24(6):841-852. (PDF)
McDade TW, Tallman P, Madimenos FC, Liebert MA, Cepon TJ, Sugiyama LS, Snodgrass JJ. 2012. Analysis of biovariability of high sensitivity C-reactive protein in lowland Ecuador reveals no evidence of chronic low-grade inflammation. Am J Hum Biol 24(5):675-681. (PDF)

Madimenos FC, Snodgrass JJ, Blackwell AB, Liebert MA, Sugiyama LS. 2011. Physical activity in an indigenous Ecuadorian forager-horticulturalist population as measured using accelerometry. Am J Hum Biol 23(4):488-497. (PDF)

Madimenos FC, Snodgrass JJ, Blackwell AB, Liebert MA, Cepon TJ, Sugiyama LS.  2011. Normative calcaneal quantitative ultrasound data for the indigenous Shuar and non-Shuar Colonos of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Archives of Osteoporos 6:39-49. (PDF)

Blackwell AD, Gurven MD, Sugiyama LS, Madimenos FC, Liebert MA, Martin MA, Kaplan HS,  Snodgrass JJ. 2011. Evidence for a peak shift in a humoral response to helminths: Age profiles of IgE in the Shuar of Ecuador, the Tsimane of Bolivia, and the U.S. NHANES. PLoS Neglect Trop D 5: e1218. (PDF)

Blackwell AD, Snodgrass, JJ, Madimenos FC, Sugiyama LS. 2010. Life history, immune function, and intestinal helminths: Trade-offs among immunoglobulin E, C-reactive protein, and growth in an Amazonian population. Am J Hum Biol 22(6):836-848. (PDF)

Nelson GC, Madimenos FC. 2010. Obelionic cranial deformation in the Puebloan Southwest. Am J Phys Anthropol 143(3):465-472. (PDF)