Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)

Erin Hurley

ErinHurleyPhD Student
Advisor: Dan Cabanes
Program: Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)
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Research interests: archaeology; commonalities among modern humans, Neanderthals, and Denisovans

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Geography from Coastal Carolina University in December 2018. I also completed a minor in Business Administration at CCU. During my time there, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Carolyn Dillian on archaeological research related to prehistoric shell use among the Native Americans on Waites Island, SC. Additionally, I worked on the excavation of a slave settlement located at Brookgreen Gardens, near Murrells Inlet, SC. I completed my senior thesis at CCU on speciation and introgression among Modern Humans, Neanderthals, and Denisovans. Because these groups are so closely related, I am very interested in exploring commonalities between them. I look forward to working with Dr. Dan Cabanes Cruelles on research related to the microscopic assemblages found at various Modern Human and Neanderthal sites, and hope to use the data collected to gain a better understanding of how these groups would have competed for and utilized the resources available to them.