Mecca Burris is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her training centers in biological anthropology and human biology, with minors in food anthropology and food and nutrition policy. Her research primarily focuses on the environmental contributions to variations in growth and development, with specific interests in the impacts of food insecurity, stress and pesticide exposure.
Using a biocultural approach, her research bridges biological anthropology and the emerging fields of environmental endocrinology, food studies and adolescent health.
Areas of Expertise
Food insecurity (particularly among teens and older adults), adolescence, food and nutrition policy, variation in female pubertal timing (particularly from environmental contributors such as food insecurity/nutrition, stress and pesticide exposure).