Congratulations to UF Anthropology graduate students Cady Gonzalez, Megan Cogburn, Christine LeJeune, and Mohammed Mustapha! All received the 2019 UF International Center Office for Global Research Engagement Research Award for Graduate Students.

See details here: Call for Entries for Undergrad Video Contest

Make a video explaining either why anthropology is an important major or what you love about
anthropology at the University of Florida, and you could win $50 and have your video shown on
the department’s social media accounts. Videos should be less than two minutes and all material
must be original! The department will pick four winners who will each be awarded $50 (teams
will split the money).

Email your completed video to Pat King at no later than May 1 at 11:59 pm.
Email questions to Chris LeClere at


Congratulations to the three most recent recipients of Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad awards:


Netty Carey will be studying “Precarious Property on Ghana’s Eroding Coast.”

Megan Cogburn’s study is entitled “Pushing Institutional Deliveries: An Ethnography of Childbirth Care in Rural Tanzania”

Cady Gonzalez will investigate “Hospitality in International Development: The case of Coffee and Sanitation in Urban Ethiopia.”

African Americans have significantly higher rates of hypertension than other racial groups and suffer from more serious negative outcomes associated with the disease. We investigate the sociocultural and biological factors that influence hypertension in African Americans, a group that is underrepresented in research, in Tallahassee, FL. Novel integration of both genetic and social network data allowed us to build and evaluate statistical models that described significant amounts of variation in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. We found that having many family members in one’s social network is associated with higher blood pressure in African Americans. This is important because other studies have shown that African Americans tend to have more family members in their networks than European Americans, which may help explain racial disparities in hypertension. Previous studies have reported that family and family support are often associated with positive health outcomes and can act as a buffer against stress and other factors that contribute to hypertension. Our study suggests that the relationship between family in social networks and health outcomes may be more complicated than previously thought. Interacting with family members or helping to provide for their emotional and financial needs may contribute to stress that significantly negatively impacts health.


Read the Full Article Here

Amaya-Burns Award

Macarena Moraga


Doughty Research Award

Amanda Brock

Aja Cacan

Oswaldo Medina-Ramirez

Riley Ravary

Nolan Ruark

Sarah Staub


Fairbanks Award

Jorge Garcia

Nathan Lawres

Ginessa Mahar


Goggin Award

Daniel Barroca

Randee Fladeboe

Taylor Polvadore


Maples Award

Janet Finlayson


Waggoner Grants-in-Aid

Aaron Ellrich

Jamie Fuller

Simon Goldstone

Brittany Mistretta

Mohammed Mustapha

Josefina Vasquez


Safe travels to all that are conducting research this summer, and we look forward to hearing about your research in the 2018-2019 Colloquium Series!

Congratulations to Michala Stock who won the 2017 J. Lawrence Angel Award, a Forensic Anthropology Student Paper Award, for her paper titled Growth and Development of Secondary Sex Characteristics in the Human Skull. Michala was presented with the award last week at the AAFS meetings.

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the department’s Fall Graduate Student Poster Competition as selected by popular vote at the department Holiday Party on December 6th.

The first place prize of $700 goes to Myrian Barboza for her poster entitled “It’s From My Grandmother’s Time, When There Was No Shifting Cultivation”:  Historical Narratives of Past Diet Among the Katukina Indigenous People From Ro Bia (Amazonas, Brazil)

The second place prize of $500 goes to Molly Selba for her poster entitled The Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project

Myrian and Molly’s posters are on display in the Chair’s Office, 1112 Turlington Hall.  The other posters submitted will be displayed in the department conference room and the basement hallway.  Please feel free to stop by and check out the research being done by others in our department.

Congrats to Myrian and Molly, and thank you to all of the participants!