Kayla J. Hurd is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. She holds a M.A. in Anthropology from Wayne State University, and an American Chemical Society certified B.S. in Chemistry, with a double minor in Archaeology and Criminal Justice, from Grand Valley State University. At Notre Dame, Kayla plans to continue research involving chemical analyses of edible insects in aims of combating nutritional deficiencies such as anemia. Her work involves examining the health implications of eating grasshoppers in Mexico through biochemical, nutritional, and anthropological methodologies. More broadly, she intends to explore non-human actors (like insects and micro-organisms) and their relationship with human diseases. Kayla is a Notre Dame Deans’ Fellow.