My academic career launched with explorations of ancient human interactions with the environment… and evolved to include assessments of computational tools for reconstructing metagenomic communities, and commentary on education and training in the scientific community.

Work in computational bioscience

2019 to 2020 – Mangul Lab at USC
2018 to 2019 – QCBio at UCLA
2016 to 2018 – ZarLab at UCLA

Loeffler C, Karlsberg A, Martin LS, Eskin E, Koslicki D, Mangul S. Improving the usability and comprehensiveness of microbial databases. BMC Biology (1):1-6. April 07 2020. doi: 10.1186/s12915-020-0756-z.

Mitchell K, Brito JJ, Mandric I, Wu Q, Knyazev S, Chang S, Martin LS, Karlsberg A, Gerasimov E, Littman R, Hill BL. Benchmarking of computational error-correction methods for next-generation sequencing data. Genome Biology 21(1):1-3. March 17 2020. doi: 10.1186/s13059-020-01988-3.

Brito JJ, Mosqueiro T, Rotman J, Xue V, Chapski DJ, la Hoz JD, Matias P, Martin LS, Zelikovsky A, Pellegrini M, Mangul S. Telescope: an interactive tool for managing large-scale analysis from mobile devices. GigaScience 9(1):giz163. January 09 2020. doi: 10.1093/gigascience/giz163.

Mangul S, Mosqueiro T, Abdill RJ, Duong D, Mitchell K, Sarwal V, Hill B, Brito J, Littman RJ, Statz B, Lam AK, Dayama G, Grieneisen L, Martin LS, Flint J, Eskin E, Blekhman R. Challenges and recommendations to improve the installability and archival stability of omics computational tools. PLoS Biology 17(6):e3000333. June 20 2019. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000333.

Mangul S, Martin LS, Hill BL, Lam AK, Distler MG, Zelikovsky A, Eskin E, Flint J. Systematic benchmarking of omics computational tools. Nature Communications 10(1):1-1. March 27 2019. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09406-4.

Mangul S†, Martin LS†, Langmead B, Sanchez-Galan JE, Toma I, Hormozdiari F, Pevzner P, Eskin E. How bioinformatics and open data can boost basic science in countries and universities with limited resources. Nature Biotechnology 37(3):324-326. March 04 2019. doi: 10.1038/s41587-019-0053-y.

Mangul S, Martin LS, Eskin E, Blekhman R. Improving the usability and archival stability of bioinformatics software. Genome Biology 20(47):1-3. February 27 2019. doi: 10.1186/s13059-019-1649-8.

Sul JH, Martin LS, Eskin E. Population structure in genetic studies: Confounding factors and mixed models. PLoS Genetics 14(12):e1007309. December 27 2018. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007309.

Mangul S, Martin LS, Eskin E. Involving undergraduates in genomics research to narrow the education–research gap. Nature Biotechnology 36(4):369-371. April 05 2018. doi: 10.1038/nbt.4113.

Mangul S†, Martin LS†, Hoffmann A, Pellegrini M, Eskin E. Addressing the digital divide in contemporary biology: lessons from teaching UNIX. Trends in Biotechnology 35(10):901-903. October 01 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2017.06.007.

† These authors contributed equally to the work.

Work in anthropological archaeology

2010 to 2015 – Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology, UCLA
2008 to 2010 – Master of Arts, Anthropology, UCLA
2003 to 2007 – Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, UT Austin

VanDerwarker AM, Bardolph DN, Hoppa KM, Thakar HB, Martin LS, Jaqua AL, Biwer ME, Gill KM. New World paleoethnobotany in the new millennium (2000–2013). Journal of Archaeological Research 24(2):125-177. June 01 2016. doi: 10.1007/s10814-015-9089-9.

Martin LS. Forests, Gardens, and Fisheries in an Ancient Chiefdom: Paleoethnobotany and Zooarchaeology at Sitio Drago, a Late Ceramic Phase Village in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Doctoral dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, 505 pages. December 2015. escholarship: uc/item/5gj2w070.

Lesure RG, Martin LS, Bishop KJ, Jackson B, Chykerda CM. The Neolithic demographic transition in Mesoamerica. Current Anthropology 55(5):654-664. October 01 2014. doi: 10.1086/678325.

Arnold JE, Martin LS. Botanical evidence of paleodietary and environmental change: drought on the Channel Islands, California. American Antiquity 79(2):227-248. April 01 2014. doi: 10.7183/0002-7316.79.2.227.

Martin LS. Reconstructing Paleoenvironmental Instability and Plant Resource Availability on Santa Cruz Island Using Macrobotanical Analysis. Master’s thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, 175 pages. June 2010.

Martin LS. Variability in Hunter-gatherer Mortuary Practices: An Analysis of the Crestmont Site (41 WH39) Burial Inclusions. Senior thesis, Department of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, 47 pages. May 2007.

Coursework developed and taught

Archaeology of Los Angeles, UCLA. Broad exploration of the origin, development, and demographic transformation of human occupation in the Los Angeles Basin from 11,000 years ago to present. Students use mixed methods to examine case studies of past and present social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental issues surrounding, among other places, La Brea Tar Pits, Gabrielino-Tongva and coastal Chumash villages, El Pueblo de Los Ángeles, and Chinatown. Thematic emphasis on pre/historic developments that shape modern urban, suburban, and rural life.

Principles of Archaeology, UCLA and Santa Monica College. Comprehensive investigation of archaeological method and theory in order to understand what archaeologists do, and how and why they do it. Students work hands-on with field strategies, formation processes, chronological frameworks, statistical analyses, and other crucial principles of archaeological analysis and interpretation. Thematic emphasis on material culture as a multi-scalar reflection of our collective activities, behaviors, and attitudes.

Introduction to Archaeology, UCLA and Santa Monica College. Historic survey of the people, events, and contexts that shaped modern anthropological archaeology: including field and laboratory methods, theoretical perspectives, and major findings. Students apply concepts to compare societies from different socioeconomic scales, geographical regions, and time periods. Thematic emphasis on (1) history of science as a path to understanding our own perspectives and biases; and (2) the astonishing diversity of human social organization.