• Monica H. Keith, Ph.D.

  • I am an Anthropologist and Geneticist who studies biocultural variation in longitudinal health and child growth. I use Bayesian models to assess predictors of growth and health outcomes, and my research integrates genetic, health, and socio-ecological data to study human biological variation in diverse contexts.

     

    Currently, I work with three ongoing field studies in Dominica, Bangladesh, and Argentina researching health, growth, and biodemography in rural and indigenous populations.

    Monica H. Keith

    Postdoctoral Scholar

    University of Washington

    Department of Anthropology

    Seattle, WA 98195

    mhkeith@uw.edu

     

     

     

     

     

    Appointments and Education

    2020- Postdoc, UW

    2014-20 PhD, University of Missouri

    2012-14 MA, University of Missouri

    2009-12 BS, Texas State University

     

     

     

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    Saint David, Dominica

    [Genetic Project Lead]

    Population genetics, quantitative genetics, GWAS of cardiometabolic traits, admixture mapping

    Matlab, Bangladesh

    [Collaborator]

    Child growth and development, impacts of household economic strategies, women's productive work, parental investment, Bayesian modeling

    Formosa, Argentina

    [Collaborator]

    Infant and child growth, impacts of birth mode and breastfeeding, Bayesian modeling

  • Publications

    Keith MH, Flinn MV, Durbin HJ, Rowan TN, Blomquist GE, Taylor KH, Taylor JF, Decker JE. (in prep). Genetic ancestry and population structure in rural Dominica.

     

    Starkweather KE, Keith MH, Prall SP, Alam N, Thompson ME. (in prep). Complementary,‌ ‌but‌ ‌not‌ substitutive,‌ ‌paternal‌ ‌care‌ ‌leads‌ ‌to‌ ‌faster‌ ‌growth‌ ‌but‌ ‌smaller‌ ‌body‌ ‌size‌ ‌in‌ ‌Shodagor children‌. Developmental Psychology: Comparative Perspectives on Paternal Effects [Special Issue].

     

    Keith MH, Flinn MV, Taylor JF, Taylor KH, Blomquist GE. (in prep). Genome-wide association (GWA) tests of cardiometabolic traits in a Caribbean community show potential association between Ankyrin-3 (ANK3) and body mass index (BMI).

     

    Keith MH, Blomquist GE, Flinn MV. 2019. Anthropometric heritability and child growth in a Caribbean village: A quantitative genetic analysis of longitudinal height, weight, and BMI in Bwa Mawego, Dominica. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 170:393–403. [pdf]

     

    Starkweather KE, Keith MH. 2019. One piece of the matrilineal puzzle: the socioecology of maternal uncle investment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: The evolution of female-biased kinship in humans and other mammals [Special Issue] 374:20180071. [pdf]

     

    Starkweather KE, Keith MH. 2018. Estimating impacts of the nuclear family and heritability of nutritional outcomes in a boat-dwelling community. American Journal of Human Biology 30: e23105. [pdf]

     

    Ahsan MH, Blomquist GE. 2015. Modeling variation in early life mortality in the western lowland gorilla: genetic, maternal and other effects. American Journal of Primatology 77: 666–678. [pdf]