Humboldt Center for Evolutionary Anthropology Alumni
HCEA is proud and fortunate to have worked with so many amazing individuals. Below are profiles of staff and students that worked in the lab for at least one year – we are grateful for the efforts of these individuals and so many more. If you are an alumni, please keep us updated of your accomplishments and/or requested edits to your bio! Below are our alumni, in descending chronological order.
Adam earned his BA in Anthropology at HSU in 2013. His interests are centered on paleopathology and bioarchaeology. He started working in the HCEA lab in Spring of 2012, and completed an independent research project on mandibular torus morphology in a forensic population – he presented his results at the 2013 AAPA meeting at Knoxville. Adam was a field assistant for the 2014 HSU Bioarchaeology program in Poland, and is currently working on his MA in at San Jose State University.
Kate earned her BA in Anthropology at HSU in 2013. A veteran of the Costa Rica Primate field program, Kate was a very active undergraduate in HSU Anthropology at the lab. Her interests lie mainly in primatology, specifically vocalizations and interspecific interactions, though she also enjoys forensic anthropology. Kate was involved with the lab since the spring of her freshman year, and has worked as a research assistant since the fall of her sophomore year, helping write and publish multiple abstracts and posters on mona vocalizations. During her senior year, she worked on vocal anaylsis of the mona monkey's (Cercopithecus mona) copulation calls. She helped write and publish abstracts and posters on mona monkey boom and copulation calls for professional meetings, including the 2012 ASP meeting and the 2013 AAPA meeting. After graduating, Kate went on to pursue graduate studies in primatology at the Ohio State University and remains involved with the HSU Costa Rica Primate Field Program.
Kena earned her BA in Anthropology and minor in Biology at HSU in 2013. Kena’s interests as an undergraduate focused on forensics, and she volunteered extensively at the Humboldt County Coroner’s office. At HSU, she was a teaching assistant for many courses in biological anthropology. In summer 2011 she attended the Costa Rica Primate Field Program and after returning began to work at the HCEA on a variety of projects. She helped write and publish abstracts and posters for professional meetings, including the 2012 ASP meeting and the 2013 AAPA meeting. Kena also served as the lab coordinator. After graduation, Kena went on to pursue her MS in Anthropology at Mercyhurst, with a focus in forensics.
Graeson completed his B.A. in Anthropology from HSU in 2012. He started work at the HCEA in 2009, spending two years there working on a variety of projects. In 2011, he received the support of an HSU Undergraduate Research Fellowship for his work under Dr. Mary Glenn on the geometric morphometric analysis of Cercopithecus mona crania. At HSU, he served as a course assistant for numerous classes, as president of the Anthropology Club, and as co-director of HSU's improvisational theater company, the Unscripted Sutras. He attended the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya and HSU's own Costa Rica Primate Field School. Graeson is interested in biocultural questions of learning and embodiment, especially of fundamentally improvisational skills, and after graduating from HSU he began studying improvisational theater in Chicago. His research interests include neuroanthropology, skill acquisition, embodiment, culture and well-being, and mixed methods research – he is currently pursing graduate studies in Chicago.
Dana worked the lab from 2011-2012, during which she studied and analyzed guenon vocalizations, catalogued and compiled literary research, and corresponded with academic and field related professionals to obtain and share data. Dana worked as a research captain to encourage, guide, and train incoming assistants in all lab expectations, procedures, and programs. The staff at HCEA would like to specially recognize Dana’s amazing efforts in putting on the first HCEA fundraiser at Blue Casino in May 2012. During Dana's time at HSU she also volunteered at the Humboldt County Coroner's Office, where she assisted with autopsies. She was awarded the Wallace distinguished student in biological anthropology award when she graduated. Dana went on to pursue a Master's degree in Forensic Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University with a specialty in Investigative Forensic Science. Her interests include cultural & biological anthropology, communication, forensic science, law, and international human rights. When Dana completed her Master’s, she began working at JPAC.
After serving in the U.S. Army, Travis attended HSU from 2005 to 2011 and graduated with a B.S. in Cellular/Molecular Biology and a B.A. in Anthropology. He worked in the lab from 2009 to 2010 on craniomorphology and dentition of C. mona. Travis says that the Anthropology department helped to fuel his passion for Evolutionary Biology and Evolutionary Medicine and set him on the course he is on today. After graduating from HSU, Travis went on to attend the UCSF Dental School.
- Jenn Coats (2009)
Jennifer moved to the north coast in 2007 to pursue her Bachelor's degree at Humboldt State University. At the HCEA lab, she assisted with monkey DNA sample collections and protocols, forensics, and grant research. While at HSU Jenn also accompanied local archaeologists Dr. Johnstone and Dr. Shaw on the Cochuah Regional Archaeological Survey on the Yucatan Peninsula. While at HSU, Jenn’s research interests centered on forensic anthropology.
- Katharine W. Fountain (2009)
Born and raised in Connecticut, Katharine moved to Northern California to pursue her Bachelor's degree at Humboldt State University in anthropology in 2003. Having Dr. Mary Glenn as an adviser, Kat's interests pulled her toward non-human primates within the field of anthropology. After being a course assistant for Primatology in spring 2007, she participated in the Costa Rica Primate Field Program and was a TA for the 2008 program. Katharine joined the HCEA lab in 2007 and worked on various projects including vocalization analysis, forensic anthropology, and photography of skeletal collections. While at HSU, Katharine’s research interests focused on New World Primate Conservation, capuchin monkey anatomy and behavior, and environmental education. She was also President of the Northwest Primate Club.
- Stacy Bressette (2008)
After earning a B.A. in English, Stacy found herself drawn to physical anthropology, and the fit could not be better. While pursuing her B.A. in Anthropology (2008), she taught supplemental instruction for Biology 104, a biology class designed for non-science majors and was also a course assistant for may Anthropology courses, including: Primatology, Human Biology & Evolution, Physical Anthropology lecture and lab, and Forensic Anthropology. At the HCEA lab, Stacy’s emphasis was on island population genetics, particularly the founder effect and genetic bottlenecks in primates and other mammals. She also worked on a project about all male groups and homosexuality in non-primate mammal species, and she helped create range maps for guenon species studied in the lab. Her research interests include human biology and genetics, capuchin behavior and ecology, and forensic anthropology.
- Isabel Grande (2008)
Isabel completed her Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Anthropology in the spring of 2008. She developed a strong interest in animals and conservation while working at a wildlife rehabilitation center and sanctuary in southern California. In the summer of 2007, Isabel was awarded a HHMI grant to study the gene flow of cuckoo shrikes of the Solomon Islands. During her time at HSU, she was a student instructor for the Biology 105 supplemental course, and a tutor for biology, biometrics, and genetics courses. At the HCEA lab, Isabel focused on primate genetics and vocalizations, vervet monkeys, and conservation. Her research interests included evolution, conservation biology, mammology, primatology, and molecular biology.
- Melissa O'Neal (2008)
In 2005 Melissa began pursuing a double-major at HSU in Zoology and Anthropology. In her first years at HSU she worked as a field assistant in the Marine Mammal Research and Education Program (MMERP) under Dr. Patricia Dawn Goley where she served as project coordinator of the Pacific Gray Whale abundance and distribution study and recorded foraging and social behavior of California Harbor Seals using radio telemetry and on site observation. In 2006, Melissa founded the HSU chapter of the Northwest Primate Conservation Society. The group has since held events featuring guest speakers in various areas of conservation biology, climate change and deforestation in an effort in increase awareness of the plight of the world's non-human primate species. At the HCEA lab, Melissa focused on the behavior, ecology, and evolution of mona monkeys as well as homosexual behavior among non-human primates. Her research interests include primate anatomy and physiology, evolution, social behavior among primates, and conservation biology. She graduated in 2008.