The Program in Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Sciences at UNM is a cross-departmental, college and institutional collaboration of students and faculty interested in interdisciplinary biological research

Staff and Resources


Sean T. Hammond, Postdoctoral Associate & Instructor, TiBBs & SiBBs Courses

Sean is trained as a molecular biologist with an expertise in generating and recovering transgenic plants. That did not stop him from working with Dr. Karl Niklas at Cornell University to develop a computational model simulating individual tree growth, and showing that forest community dynamics are a consequence of how individuals grow and compete with one another for light and space. Sean is currently a Postdoctoral associate working with Dr. James Brown on projects ranging from latitudinal species diversity to how macroecological patterns apply to the rise and maintenance of human societies.


John Hammond, Postdoctoral Mentor

John has a broad background in ecology and evolution, with specific training and expertise in phenotypic plasticity.  As a postdoctoral fellow at Pittsburgh, he carried out a large project examining phenotypic plasticity from a phylogenetic perspective in anurans (frogs and toads).  During his training, he has become skilled at ecotoxicology and has been exposed to disease and climate change research programs. 


Marcus Hamilton, Afilliated Postdoctoral Fellow

Marcus is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute working with Luis Bettencourt and Geoffrey West on scaling theory in urban and economic systems, and previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow in PIBBS with Felisa Smith. He has a broad background in evolutionary anthropology, archaeology, theoretical ecology, and statistics. His research addresses the general mechanisms that have shaped human ecological and evolutionary dynamics in the past, present, and future at multiple scales, from life history theory and behavioral ecology, to population dynamics and the biogeography of human biocultural diversity. His research emphasizes theory building and data analysis in equal parts and combines aspects of the physical, life, and social sciences. He is interested both in basic questions of integrative anthropology and macroecology, but also in the applied role such approaches can play in understanding the potential trajectories of human societies into the future.


Cynthia Martin

Cynthia Martin, Program Manager

Cynthia Martin, PiBBs Program Manager, has worked in administration at UNM for more than 10 years, while also completing two degrees (M.A. in American Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism). She is now a Ph.D. candidate and also teaches food, culture, and politics for the American Studies, Peace Studies, and Sustainability Studies programs at UNM. “Even while I’m administering the program, I can really relate to the students, because I’m in the same boat!” Previously, Cynthia worked as a free-lance historic preservationist and architectural photographer, a historian at Sandia National Laboratories, and an oral historian for the Route 66 Association.