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Villanea, Fernando Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Fernando Villanea is a population geneticist specializing in human pre-history, interested in topics such as Neanderthal-human admixture, and the effects of Neanderthal and other archaic genome variants inherited by people today. Dr. Villanea's current research focuses on the Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry in American populations, and how these archaic variants provided the genetic diversity for these populations to adapt to the novel environments found in the American continent.

keywords

  • Population Genetics, Neanderthal, Denisovan, archaic introgression

Teaching

courses taught

  • ANTH 1155 - Exploring Global Cultural Diversity
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Examines the geography, kinship, politics and religious values of various cultures globally in historical and contemporary context through an anthropological perspective. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ANTH 4070 - Methods in Biological Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Provides laboratory-based research experience in selected areas of biological anthropology. Research designs, methods and applications will be used to develop research skills. Students will read original research papers and carry out a research project of their own design. Area of emphasis within biological anthropology will depend on instructor. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: ANTH 2010 and ANTH 2020 and ANTH 2030 and ANTH 2040 and ANTH 4000 and students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors). Same as ANTH 5070.
  • ANTH 4120 - Advanced Biological Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Selected topics in physical anthropology emphasizing faculty specialties. Topics may include population genetics and its application to understanding modern human diversity, human population biology, and primate ecology and evolution. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2010 or ANTH 2020 or EBIO 1210 or EBIO 1220. Same as ANTH 5120.
  • ANTH 5070 - Methods in Biological Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Provides laboratory-based research experience in selected areas of biological anthropology. Research designs, methods and applications will be used to develop research skills. Students will read original research papers and carry out a research project of their own design. Area of emphasis within biological anthropology will depend on instructor. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 4070.
  • ANTH 5120 - Advanced Biological Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Selected topics in physical anthropology emphasizing faculty specialties. Topics may include population genetics and its application to understanding modern human diversity, human population biology, and primate ecology and evolution. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 4120.
  • ANTH 7020 - Seminar: Physical Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    In-depth discussion of selected topics in physical anthropology with emphasis on recent research. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)