CHES Graduate Affiliates

Emma Willhardt

AguadoAdvisor: Dr. Susan Cachel

ACADEMIC BIOGRAPHY

I graduated from Grinnell College in 2019 with a B.A. in Anthropology and in Biology. I joined the M.A. program at Rutgers in the Fall of 2019.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Hominin migration, pathology tracking, ancient DNA.

I am interested in tracking large-scale migrations through pathogenic evidence. Long-term, I hope to conduct research using both hominin specimens and isolated aDNA. However, presently, I am investigating computational comparisons between geographically similar specimens that can be done using published aDNA databases.

CURRENT PROJECTS

My masters research will rely on published ancient DNA databases. I intend to perform a variety of quantitative analyses related to distinctions between geographically distinct populations. I hope to find some pattern between distinctions that can be tied to historically known plague events (or other widespread diseases).

CONTACT INFORMATION

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.