I received my B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies from The University of Alabama in May, 2016. During this time, I became interested in what physical anthropology could tell us about the human condition. I found the intersection between culture and biology to be of particular interest and began to approach human health using a biocultural framework. Currently, I am a second-year M.A. student in Biological Anthropology with interests in biological and health markers related to nutritional stress. For my master’s thesis, I am taking a biocultural research approach to investigate nutritional stress and differential growth and health outcomes among male and female children of the Philippines. I am also working with a model organism (Drosophila melanogaster), with Dr. Laura Reed in the Department of Biology here at The University of Alabama, to gain a better understanding of biological mechanisms that may play into differential growth outcomes among males and females. My adviser is Dr. Jason DeCaro.