Anna Larsen

I am a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. My research interests are at the interface of population genetics and fine-scale evolution. I am using molecular and ethnobotanical data to study human prehistory in Oceania and Southeast Asia.

My dissertation research has provided me with the opportunity to do field work in Hawaii, the Society Islands, American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga. This fall I will spend two months in Indonesia collecting plants in Sulawesi, Maluku and Nusa Tenggara and conducting ethnographic research about the Candlenut tree. (I could probably start a consulting firm to assist researchers with permit applications…)

In my free time, I botanize around California and—probably as a reaction to the Vermont winters of my youth—I’m particularly in love with the desert flora. Over the last three field seasons I've spent time in the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, two of my favorite spots in California.

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