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Dr. Torben Rick, Director &
Curator of North American Archaeology
Torben Rick joined the National Museum of Natural History as Curator of North American Archaeology in 2008. In 2009, he joined the Archaeobiology Program and became the Director of PHEA in 2010. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oregon (2004). Prior to joining the NMNH, he was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University (2004-2008). He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, an international peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge.
Rick’s research focuses on the archaeology and historical ecology of coastal and island peoples, especially on the North American Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. He has active field projects on California’s Channel Islands and the Chesapeake Bay, which are collaborative with researchers from a variety of disciplines (anthropology, biology, ecology, etc.) and focus on ancient and modern human environmental interactions. … more Research Interests
Links—Recent Publications in PDF
- Rick CV.
- Rick, Torben C.
2011 Weathering the Storm: Coastal Subsistence and Ecological Resilience on Late Holocene Santa Rosa Island, California. Quarternary International, 239:135-146.
- Rick, Torben C., Brendan J. Culleton, Carley B. Smith, John R. Johnson, and Douglas J. Kennett.
2011 Stable Isotope Analysis of Dog, Fox, and Human Diets at a Late Holocene Chumash Village (CA-SRI-2) on Santa Rosa Island, California. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38:1385-1393.
- Erlandson, Jon M. Torben C. Rick, Todd J. Braje, Molly Casperson, Brendan Culleton, Brian Fulfrost, Tracy Garcia, Daniel A. Guthrie, Nicholas Jew, Douglas J. Kennett, Madonna Moss, Leslie Reeder, Craig Skinner, Jack Watts, and Lauren Willis.
2011 Paleoindian Seafaring, Maritime Technologies, and Coastal Foraging on California’s Channel Islands. Science 331:1181-1185.
- Erlandson, Jon M., and Torben C. Rick.
2010 Archaeology Meets Marine Ecology: The Antiquity of Maritime Cultures and Human Impacts on Marine Fisheries and Ecosystems. Annual Review of Marine Science 2:231-251.
- Rick, Torben C., and Jon M. Erlandson.
2009 Coastal Exploitation. Science 325:953-954.
- Rick, Torben C., Jon M. Erlandson, René L. Vellanoweth, Todd J. Braje, Paul W. Collins, Daniel A. Guthrie, and Thomas W. Stafford, Jr.
2009 Origins and Antiquity of the Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis) on California’s Channel Islands. Quaternary Research 71:93-98.
Rick, Torben C., Robert L. DeLong, Jon M. Erlandson, Todd J. Braje, Terry L. Jones, Douglas J. Kennett, Thomas A. Wake, and Phillip L. Walker.
2009 A Trans-Holocene Archaeological Record of Guadalupe Fur Seals (Arctocephalus townsendi) on the California Coast. Marine Mammal Science 25:487-502.
- Rick, Torben C., Phillip L. Walker, Lauren M. Willis, Anna C. Noah, Jon M. Erlandson, René L. Vellanoweth, Todd J. Braje, and Douglas J. Kennett.
2008 Dogs, Humans, and Island Ecosystems: The Distribution, Antiquity, and Ecology of Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris) on California’s Channel Islands, USA. The Holocene 18:1077-1087.
- Rick, Torben C., Jon M. Erlandson, and René L. Vellanoweth.
2006 Taphonomy and Site Formation on California’s Channel Islands. Geoarchaeology 21:567-589.
- Rick, Torben C., Jon M. Erlandson, René L. Vellanoweth, and Todd J. Braje.
2005 From Pleistocene Mariners to Complex Hunter-Gatherers: The Archaeology of the California Channel Islands. Journal of World Prehistory 19:169-228.
- Rick, Torben C., René L. Vellanoweth, and Jon M. Erlandson.
2005 Radiocarbon Dating and the “Old Shell” Problem: Direct Dating of Artifacts and Cultural Chronologies in Coastal and Other Aquatic Regions. Journal of Archaeological Science 32:1641-1648.
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