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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.

Madimenos Curriculum Vitae (CV)



Liebert MA, Snodgrass JJ, Blackwell AD, Madimenos FC, and Sugiyama LS. 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.
Madimenos FC, Snodgrass JJ, Liebert MA, Cepon TJ, and Sugiyama LS. 2012. Reproductive effects on skeletal health in Shuar women of Amazonian Ecuador: a life history perspective. Am J Hum Biol 24(6):841-852.


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.

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

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

Blackwell AD, Gurven MD, Sugiyama LS, Madimenos FC, Liebert MA, Martin MA, Kaplan HS, and 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.

Blackwell AD, Snodgrass, JJ, Madimenos FC, and 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.


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