Alexandra J. Zachwieja

 Alexandra Zachwieja

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
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Biography

Alexandra Zachwieja is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in biological anthropology. 

Her research focuses on paleoanthropology, paleoecology, and human dispersal patterns, particularly in Southeast Asia. Specifically, she researches how climate and environment may have influenced human dispersal to Australia in the Late Pleistocene. She is also involved in human origins excavations in Laos. 

Research Interests

  • Human Evolution
  • Ecomorphology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Paleoecology

Education

  • 2015 MA, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2013 BA (Cum-Laude), Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2016 UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students – College of Medicine, Human Gross Anatomy
  • 2013 UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students - Outstanding rating, ANTH 456: Human Osteology

Grants

  • 2015 Explorer's Club Exploration Fund Grant
  • 2015 Beckman Institute Cognitive Science - Artificial Intelligence Award
  • 2015 Department of Anthropology Summer Research Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2014 Department of Anthropology Summer Research Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign