Melissa Hurtado

Class of 2019

Hello! My name is Melissa, I was born in Cali, Colombia, and strongly believe in interdisciplinary work. I am currently studying biological anthropology and archaeology at Boston University. My interests are but not limited to: zooarchaeology, Americas pre-Columbus, population genetics, and primatology. I'm currently conducting research at the BU Zooarchaeology lab on Northern Fur Seal remains from a site in Kodiak Island, Alaska to try and better understand past environments. I have a strong passion for what I do because it allows me to be in flux and search for alternative solutions to complex questions. Aside from school, I enjoy a good bike trail and some quality live jazz. On the side, I shoot film and have a project that gives women (mostly Latinas in Miami) a platform to speak on what being a woman means to them and the fluidity of the definition. In Miami I lived in Homestead which is in between Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park, so I frequently visited them both to bird watch and bask in nature. My hopes in the future are to inspire other Latinos and bring a new perspective to the sciences, specifically archaeology and anthropology.