Johan Latorre, B.S. 2011

University of Alabama at Birmingham – Birmingham, AL

2011 Major: Biological Anthropology & Anatomy (now Evolutionary Anthropology) and Psychology (with concentration in Cognition and Personality)

How has being an Evolutionary Anthropology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Ev Anth has helped jumpstart my career as a physician. It gave me the foundation needed to do well in medical school by understanding how evolution has led us to today, especially relating to anatomy. In addition, Ev Anth was also a great department that had such great faculty that every class was exciting and helped continue to foster my cursory in science."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Evolutionary Anthropology programs? 

"Enjoy learning about the wide array of topics under Evolutionary Anthropology and not pigeonhole yourself into only taking classes you think are useful for your future career or goals. Every class you take will teach you new things about Ev Anth and yourself. It will have an impact on the person you become. For example, learning about ecology and primates will give you an appreciation of our Earth and the dangers we face from climate change while teaching you to think critically which will help you no matter what career you ultimately end up choosing."

Johan Latorre