Melissa is a PhD student in Anthropology that specializes in Biological Anthropology, morphometrcs and biostatistics. In her role as manager of the LCA, she assists other graduate and undergraduate students in lab and supervises several projects. Melissa’s research focuses on questions of human variation. Her primary research centers on examining the environmental and social causes underlying the prehistoric transition from foraging to farming. She uses ecological, evolutionary, and computational methods to answer the question “why do we farm?”