Faye Harwell is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Prior to attending BU, she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biology from Clark University in Worcester, MA. For her dissertation, she is examining the body composition of orangutans. In particular, she is interested in the sex differences of muscle and fat mass in orangutans. Additionally, she investigates differences in the life histories of the great apes examining questions like: what is their average age at first birth? How long, on average, do they live for?

Faye has lived in Massachusetts her whole life. On the weekends, she likes to hike in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, where she has completed the NH48. She loves reading, her cats Bear and Wiley, Toyota Priuses, gardening, consignment shops, DIY projects, and messy hair buns. Her favorite part of graduate school is teaching and mentoring undergraduates. In 2021, she received Outstanding Teaching Fellow for the Anthropology Department.