Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)

Emma Willhardt

EmmaWillhardtMasters Student
Advisor: Susan Cachel
Program: Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)
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I received a B.A. in Anthropology and Biology from Grinnell College in 2019. During my time at Grinnell I received a holistic education in both disciplines but focused on their intersection. My main anthropological research at Grinnell looked at the way dominance hierarchies can be perceived in human social groups through dyadic interactions. I also spent a good deal of time working in one of the cell biology laboratories genetically transforming frog embryos and assessing subsequent changes in mitotic spindle formation. I am interested in tracking large-scale migrations through pathogenic evidence and have been looking into the Yamnaya people who originated in Ukraine approximately 5,000 years ago as a potential focus-group for my research.