"I applied to the University Scholars Program in order to experience firsthand the thrills and rewards of Academic Research. Creating a research design, carrying out the analysis and publishing my results, all while learning from colleagues, professors and my faculty mentor Dr. deFrance, will help prepare me for graduate school and beyond. I plan on presenting my research at a national conference, and possibly in a peer reviewed journal."
Latin American Studies
Archaeology Zooarchaeology and the Anthropology of Food Human Environment Interactions Coastal Adaptations The Beginnings of Civilization and Complexity Ethnoarchaeology.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Dean's List (2008,2010)
- Florida Academic Scholar
- National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
- UF Honors College Society for American Archaeology
I am a board member for a foundation that promotes fire safety education to students studying abroad. The foundation was started when my best friend lost her life in an apartment fire in Paris while studying abroad. Often students make their new homes abroad in buildings that are not equipped to save lives in the event of a fire. We distribute fire safety kits to students including a fire ladder, extinguisher, and smoke detector, and we promote a general fire safety curriculum. FireSafetyFoundation.org.
Hobbies and Interests
- Traveling, fishing, eating, cooking, and brewing.
The Extraction and Use of Shellfish at two Provincial Inca Sites along the Coast of Southern Peru
The rich marine environment of coastal Peru has supported Andean society for thousands of years. The antiquity of shellfish gathering along the Andean desert coast dates from the earliest inhabitants through many complex civilizations and into the modern era. This past summer, I examined invertebrate assemblages from two coastal archaeological sites in Southern Peru; Tambo Tacahuay, a provincial Inca way station, and Punta Picata, a late intermediate-Inca period littoral fishing village. Faunal analysis took place in the Museo Contisuyo, under the supervision of Susan deFrance, in Moquegua, Peru. Specimen counts (NISP) and shell weights were recorded, and other quantifications, such as minimum number of individuals (MNI) were carried out using standard zooarchaeological procedures and known taxonomic indicators. 30 different taxa are present in the samples, which represent scientific excavations from multiple areas, units and stratigraphic levels from both sites. The next part of the project involves quantifying the spatial and temporal variations of shellfish use at both intra and intersite levels. I will also synthesize any relevant biological, archaeological, and ethnographic literature, as well as post contact ethnohistoric documents, in order to try and place mollusk gathering in the unique social and historical context of these two Inca period sites. Specifically, I will seek to explain how shellfish extraction and usage reacted to, yet also helps to interpret, the dynamic social, environmental, and political landscapes before and during the expansion of the Inca Empire.