The URECA website regularly features students’ perspectives on research and/or creative activities. Highlighted this month is Angela Taravella, a double major in anthropology and biology, who has been working under the mentorship of Brenna Henn in the Department of Ecology and Evolution to study “Migration Patterns and Evolutionary History of the Duffy Blood Group Expression in African Populations.” Her project was supported by a URECA-UG Bio Alumni award for Summer 2014.
This past spring, Angela participated in the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) field school where she surveyed archaeological sites and studied modules on Kenyan geology, paleontology, ecology, archaeology and human evolution. In addition, she did several independent research projects at TBI, including one on the survival rate of the Anopheles mosquito under different environmental and demographic conditions.
Angela is a resident assistant and an e-board member of the Undergraduate Anthropology Society. She hopes to return to TBI as a teaching assistant and plans to pursue a PhD in biological anthropology.
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