Academic interests: Peopling of the Americas, Prehistoric Archaeology, Physical Anthropology
Previous degrees: BA (2009), University of Nevada, Reno
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Biography: Verla, a third-year MA student, is a native Nevadan, born and raised in Ely. She began employment at the University of Nevada, Reno in April 2001, working for the Controller's Office after spending many years working in the casino industry. In December 2004, she transferred to the Department of Anthropology as the department's Administrative Assistant, where she is now the Assistant to the Chair, Manager of Graduate Programs, and overall department manager. Her degree focus is to combine Physical Anthropology with Prehistoric Archaeology. In August 2006, she attended a week-long intensive human identification course in forensic anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville learning how to identify human remains in various contexts. She also spent part of the summers of 2007 and 2008 working at Flint, ID on a historic mining town site from the 1860s, excavating domestic units in 2007 and mill site units in 2008 for Dr. Hardesty. During the spring of 2011, she was involved in the Cemetery project here on campus excavating, recording and analyzing the remains for reinterment at Mother of Sorrows cemetery. Some of her other interests include sewing, cooking, camping, reading, playing with her cats, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors in all seasons.