• Eva Hernandez-Janer
  • Advisor: Dr. Erin Vogel
  • Focus Area: Non-Human Primates
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    I joined the PhD program in Anthropology at Rutgers in the Fall of 2020.

    I graduated cum laude from the University of Miami, Florida in 2017 with a B.A. in Anthropology, and Geological Sciences, with my thesis on the Geoarchaeology of Tequesta Village in Downtown Miami.
    I received my M.A. in Anthropology/Human Skeletal Biology in New York University in 2020 and focused my thesis on the isotopic diet of the Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico rhesus macaques before and after Hurricane Maria’s deforestation of the island.


    Overall, I am interested in how primates dietarily and physiologically adapt to climate and deforestation, and the ways in which we can assess these physiological and climatic changes over time.

    My doctoral research will focus on the nutritional consequences, health, and fallback feeding behaviors of the Bornean orangutans influenced by the habitat-loss and fires in the peatlands of Borneo. I intend to use multiple SIA techniques to answer questions on both the orangutan diet fallback as well as isotopic changes in local ecology throughout time. In relation, I am also interested in using SIA to examine the geological history of the peatlands fires as well as the past climate of the region.


    Primates, diet plasticity, stable isotope analysis (SIA), anthropogenic/climate-induced habitat change, ecology