Alexandra J. Zachwieja

 Alexandra Zachwieja

Contact Information

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

Office Hours

  • ANTH 101: M 10-12, 2-3
Biological Anthropology
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Biography

Alexandra J. Zachwieja is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, She is a biological anthropologist, field researcher, and anatomist.

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

Research Interests

  • Human Evolution
  • Ecomorphology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Paleoecology
  • Climate Modeling
  • Human Anatomy

Education

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

Distinctions / Awards

  • Spring 2013 UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students - Outstanding rating, ANTH 456: Human Osteology
  • Spring 2016 UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students – College of Medicine, Human Gross Anatomy
  • Fall 2016 UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students – College of Medicine, Human Gross Anatomy
  • Spring 2017 UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students – College of Medicine, Human Gross Anatomy
  • Summer 2017 UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students – ANTH 246 Forensic Science (Instructor of Record)
  • Fall 2017- Miller Research Award for Biological Anthropology ($8,180.40) – equivalent to a 50% RA position for one semester, without obligation other than to advance your dissertation research.
  • Spring 2018 UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students - ANTH 102 Human Origins and Culture (Instructor of Record)

Grants

  • 2014 Department of Anthropology Summer Research Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 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
  • 2018 UIUC Graduate College Block Grant ($2,000)
  • 2018 UIUC Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant ($3,600 - declined)
  • 2018 Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant ($9,810)
  • 2018 National Geographic Early Career Grant ($9,670)

Courses

  • Summer 2017: ANTH 246 Forensic Science Instructor of Record
  • Spring 2018: ANTH 102 Human Origins and Culture Instructor of Record
  • Summer 2018: ANTH 143 Biology of Human Behavior Instructor of Record
  • Fall 2018: ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology Co-Instructor

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Demeter, F, L Shackelford, K Westaway, L Barnes, P Duringer, J Dumoncel, F Senegas, J-L Ponche, T Sayavongkhamdy, J-X Zhao, P Sichanthongtip, E Patole-Edoumba, T Dunn, A Zachwieja, Y Coppens, and A-M Bacon Tam Pa Ling, Laos: A milestone in the early human fossil record from mainland Southeast Asia Current Anthropol 58 17 2017.