Esther Conde Velasco

(Bsc in Biology, Universidad Mayor de San Andres) I am a biologist, native to Bolivia, who has lived and done research among native Amazonians in Bolivia since the 2000s. I understand and I am familiar with the changes in culture, lifestyle, and habitat of indigenous peoples in the Bolivian Amazon. I have worked more than ten consecutive years in the Tsimane’ territory, frequently visited the communities and have created bonds of mutual trust and respect with the Tsimane’ people and their local authorities. I am also fluent in Spanish and speak Tsimane’, which allows me to work in diverse groups and contexts. Currently, I work as a field researcher and I represent as an Executive Secretary the Centro Boliviano de Desarrollo y de Investigación Socio Integral (CBIDSI). Because I have worked in the field for so long, I know the geography of the Tsimane’ territory and I am able to depict environmental problems. Even more, I am interested in local climate changes in the Tsimane’ territory. Therefore, considering my personal concern for the environment, I might be able to contribute to it with the implementation of this LICCI project. Further, I have vast experience in field surveys and the organization of fieldwork. I was also the second field main person in the Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study (2002-2010).

Articles in which I participated:

Susan Tanner*, Bill Leonard, Ricardo Godoy, Victoria Reyes-García, Tomás Huanca, Ester Conde. (2014) Health and disease: Exploring the relation between parasitic infections, child nutrition status, and markets. Am J Phys Anthropol 155:221-228, 2014.

Erin E. Masterson,1 Annette L. Fitzpatrick,2 Daniel A. Enquobahrie,2 Lloyd A. Mancl,1 Esther Conde,3 and Philippe P. Hujoel1. (2017) Malnutrition-related early childhood exposures and enamel defects in the permanent dentition: A longitudinal study from the Bolivian Amazon. Am J Phys Anthropol. Oct; 164(2): 416–423.

Piotr Sorokowski, Agata Groyecka, Maciej Karwowski, Upma Manral, Amit Kumar, Agnieszka Niemczyk, Michalina Marczak, Michał Misiak, Agnieszka Sorokowska, Thomas Huanca, Esther Conde, Bogdan Wojciszke & Bogusław Pawłowski. (2017) Free mate choice does not influence reproductive success in humans. Scientific Reports volume 7, Article number: 10127

Masterson EE1, Fitzpatrick AL2, Enquobahrie DA2, Mancl LA1, Eisenberg DTA3, Conde E4, Hujoel PP1. (2018) Dental enamel defects predict adolescent health indicators: A cohort study among the Tsimane’ of Bolivia. American Journal of Human Biology : the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council, 04 Feb 2018, 30(3):e23107

Tomas Huanca, Susana Arrazola, Ximena Velez Liendo, Olga Ruiz, Esther Conde y Fabio Pedro Bandeira. (2018) Conocimiento Ecológico Tradicional de las Comunidades Tsimane’ de Alto Colorado y San Luis Chico, Pilon Lajas, Bolivia. UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE FEIRA DE SANTAN