SoS Episode 24- Milk, Microbiomes, and Social Networks: A Chat with Courtney Meehan

In episode 24, we talk with Dr.Courtney Meehan, Associate Professor of Evolutionary and Cultural Anthropology at Washington State University. Dr. Meehan’s research interests include infant and child physical, social, and emotional development, parental and alloparental reproductive and investment strategies, and breastfeeding, lactation, and human milk composition.

In this episode, she discusses her path to anthropology, as well as her ongoing cross-cultural research that integrates human milk composition, infant microbiomes, and social networks. For more information on Dr. Meehan’s work, check out her website with the Department of Anthropology at WSU: or her Biocultural Anthropology Lab website: . Dr. Meehan also several opportunities for graduate students and research assistants, and is happy to chat with any interested candidates! To get in touch with her, simply send her an email at:

For additional research on human milk composition, see: Mcguire, M. K., Meehan, C. L., et al. (2017). What’s normal? Oligosaccharide concentrations and profiles in milk produced by healthy women vary geographically. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,105(5)
Ruiz, L., Espinosa-Martos, I., Meehan, C. L., et al. (2017). What’s Normal? Immune Profiling of Human Milk from Healthy Women Living in Different Geographical and Socioeconomic Settings. Frontiers in Immunology,

The Sausage of Science is produced by Cara Ocobock and Chris Lynn, with assistance from Junior Service Fellow Caroline Owens for the Public Relations Committee of the Human Biology Association. The song in the soundbed is “Always Lyin’” by the Morning Shakes.
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