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Rhonda Quinn

Rhonda L. Quinn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Rhonda L. Quinn is also a Research Associate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University.

Rhonda Quinn studies the interaction of modern and extinct humans with the environment. Her primary research focuses on reconstructing selective pressures for the emergence of Homo and dispersal from Africa. She integrates stable isotopic systems with sedimentology and stratigraphy to elucidate hominin adaptations to environmental and climatic change. Quinn also examines resource use and mobility of anatomically modern human groups in coastal and island settings, employing bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology and stable isotopic analysis. She has conducted fieldwork in the Turkana Basin of northern Kenya, along the Solo River of Java, on Pacific Islands, in the Yucatan Peninsula and in her own backyard, Florida.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Certificate in Quaternary Studies, Rutgers University, 2006
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 1999
  • B.S., Geological Sciences, University of Florida, 1997
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 1996


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