Featured Alumni

UC Davis Department of Anthropology alumni are engaged in a wide variety of career positions.
Many of our undergraduate alumni stay in touch with us and let us know where they are and what they’re doing now.

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Natalie Swinhoe

BS, Anthropology, 2015
Junior Researcher Plant Pathology Lab, UC Davis

“My job requires a lot of detailed understanding and critical thinking that I learned throughout my undergraduate courses. I work with large amounts of data, and studying anthropology has taught me to use a holistic perspective when looking at experiments and their results, which helps me take in the whole picture of plant disease, not just one symptom or effect.

“My favorite learning experience at UC Davis took place in my first archaeology class, where we were each given a piece of obsidian and asked to count how many strokes it would take to cut a stick in half. Nearly all of my other classes up to that point were just listening to lecture slides and reading the textbook. This class was so hands-on, and I really enjoyed it. Outside of the classroom, my favorite experience was the community I made while at school. I was active in campus athletics, Greek life, internships, and clubs. All these experiences reinforced the idea that there are always people around to help support your goals. I also really loved being an Anthro peer advisor.”

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Laura Youngquist

BA, Anthropology, evolutionary emphasis 2015
Rocky Mountain Outreach Team Recruiter
U.S. Forest Service



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Adie Whitaker, Ph.D.

A.B., Anthropology, evolutionary emphasis, 2001; Ph.D., Anthropology, UC Davis, 2008 Principal Investigator Far Western Anthropological Research Group Inc.

Adie has worked in California archaeology since 2001 and conducted his dissertation research in Humboldt and Mendocino counties. At Far Western he has taken on a variety of projects that run the gamut of cultural resources management, including all stages of archaeological inquiry, and ranging from small surveys of less than 100 acres to large-scale data recovery and test excavations with multiple sites. During this time, his geographic focus has broadened to include archaeology of the Central Valley, Sierra Foothills, Southern California coast, and southern Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Adie has written more than 60 technical reports, and has experience with managing Native American and archaeological construction monitors.