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Zhian Chen

Zhian Chen
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graduate student associates
Department of Anthropology
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

I am a graduate student in the Integrative Anthropological Sciences program, and I graduated with my bachelor’s degrees in biological anthropology and environmental studies at UCSB. My primary interests include human behavior ecology, especially in parental investment and demographic transition, and variability selection hypothesis. My current research focuses on examining over-investment behavior, especially in developing countries, through major concepts of HBE such as adaptive trade-offs and optimality model.

Sigrid Van Den Abbeele

Sigrid
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graduate student associates
Department of Geography
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

Sigrid Van Den Abbeele is an MA/PhD student in the Geography Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sigrid is interested in studying the economic and health outcomes of residential segregation in the United States. More specifically, Sigrid aims to investigate the disproportionate impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn on formerly redlined communities and other historically underserved communities. Additionally, she has researched the impact of rapid re-housing policies on chronically homeless populations and is working to develop a model to better understand the location of rural homeless populations. Sigrid received her undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from Coe College.  

Maya Szafraniec

Maya
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graduate student associates
Department of Anthropology
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

I am a graduate student in Integrated Anthropological Sciences. I study fetal-maternal conflict through the lens of comparative life history, ecology, and evolutionary theory. I use computational biology and genomics to examine the consequences of these trade offs on proximal impacts to health and disease, as well as on larger evolutionary questions. Areas where these conflicts may occur include fetal microchimerism and placenta biology. 

I earned my B.S. in Biology with minors in Anthropology and Mathematics from Saint Mary’s College of California, studying variation in gorilla skeletal morphology, specifically related to locomotor differences that may be correlated with altitude.

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