Lorena Madrigal

Dr. Lorena Madrigal



Office: SOC 143


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Kansas
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Cincinnati
  • B.S., Anthropology, University of Utah

Professional Experience

  • Biological seat. AAA executive board. 2014-2017
  • President of the AAPA. 2011-2013.


Biological Anthropology, Human Variation, Human Evolution, Human Biology of Caribbean Groups, Seminar in Physical Anthropology, Anthropological Genetics, Quantitative Methods, and Advanced Quantitative Methods.


Biological Anthropology, Bio-Cultural Anthropology, Population Genetics, and Human Biology; Costa Rica.

Specialty Area

Dr. Madrigal is interested in human microevolution, and has used demographic and population genetics approaches towards understanding it. Most of her work has taken place in Costa Rica. In collaboration with her colleagues from the Universidad de Costa Rica, Dr. Madrigal has collected data on living subjects and traced their maternal genealogies, in many cases for several centuries. With this data set, Madrigal and colleagues have presented a strong challenge to the grandmother hypothesis, which seeks to explain the evolution of post-menopausal longevity in humans. Madrigal et al. have also done work with populations of African and East Indian descent in Costa Rica. The broad interest of this project has been to trace the evolution of these communities, whether by gene flow, genetic drift, etc. In addition, Madrigal and collaborators are studying the cardiovascular health of these two communities, within the context of the economic development of their region.

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Graduate Students

Raymond Blair, Fiona Felker, Courtney Johns, Caroline MacClean, and Amanda Malerba.