Melissa Gomez is originally from New York but calls Central Florida home. She is graduating from UCF with her bachelor’s in anthropology in May 2017 and is attending graduate school there as well, focusing on biological archaeology. Her current research in Turks and Caicos looks at agriculture and domestication. Her research interests involve the diet, death rituals, and disease contraction of peoples both past and present- focusing on the biological implications of these topics. Her intent is to work in all areas of the world, specializing in isotopic analysis of organic matter in bones, skin, hair, and nails to discover past life ways dealing with diet and disease. Melissa hopes to make new genetic discoveries that shed light on current populations and will soon start active work in Jordan and Turkey. She plans to volunteer her time to aid in the recovery effort of deceased individuals from both natural disasters (DMORT) and crimes against humanity.
Master's in Anthropology
University of Central Florida
Gomez, Melissa, "Melissa Gomez" (2017). UCF Research and Mentoring Program Scholars. 41.