Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)

Anissa Speakman

speakmanphotoPhD Student
Advisor: Robert Scott
Program: Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)
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I received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and a Bachelor of Science in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware in 2017. During my time at the University of Delaware, I wrote a senior thesis on sex differences in the dental health of the prehistoric Tepe Hissar assemblage. I also worked in the Bee Behavior and Ecology Lab, studying the foraging behavior of honey bees, and helping to develop new pest management practices for beekeepers. My project focuses on human dietary adaptations during environmental shifts in the Pliocene and Plistocene, specifically looking at the development of microwear on enamel. I am interested in all questions related to the evolution of the hominin diet. I am also an avid science and environmental activist, participating in various demonstrations and activities during my time at the University of Delaware.