Barbara Piperata
Alumni: Biological Anthropology

Upon graduation from CU-Boulder (Fall 2005) Professor Piperata joined the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University where she is currently an Assistant Professor.

She conducts most of her research in Latin America, especially the Brazilian Amazon. She is interested in understanding how human females accommodate the high energetic demands of reproduction, especially lactation and the impact of their strategies on their own health and the health of their children. Results of her research have highlighted the high degree of intra-population variation in women’s strategies and the importance of social support in offsetting maternal costs.

Professor Piperata is currently working with colleagues to expand this research by exploring how support affects the duration of postpartum sub-fecundity. She is also conducting research on the impact of changes in livelihood strategies on growth, health and food insecurity. As part of a multidisciplinary team, she recently started a new project on the effects of food insecurity on maternal and child health in Nicaragua. Results of her research have been published in the American Journal of Human Biology, American Journal of Physical Anthropology and Social Science and Medicine.

About Her Experience in the Anthropology Department

“The anthropology faculty at CU-Boulder is research-active and committed to graduate training. The ability to learn from and work with them provided me with the knowledge and skills that set my career in motion.”