Research Faculty Members

Quinn, Rhonda

Rhonda Quinn studies the interaction of modern and extinct humans with the environment. Her primary research focuses on reconstructing selective pressures of Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution in eastern 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


  • Quinn RL (2015) Influence of Plio-Pleistocene basin hydrology on the Turkana hominin enamel carbonate δ18O values. Journal of Human Evolution 86: 13-31. 
  • Harmand S, Lewis JE, Feibel CS, Lepre CJ, Prat S, Lenoble A, Boës X, Quinn RL, Brenet M, Clément S, Daver G, Brugal J-P, Leakey L, Kent DV, Mortlock RA, Wright JD, Roche H (2015). Before the Oldowan: 3.3 Ma Stone Tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya. Nature 521: 310-315.
  • Jones S, Walsh-Haney H, Quinn RL (2015) Kana Tamata or Feasts of Men: Interdisciplinary approach for identifying type and cause of cannibalism in prehistoric Fijians. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology DOI: 10.1002/oa.2269
  • Quinn RL, Lepre CJ, Feibel CS, Wright JD, Mortlock RA, Harmand S, Brugal J-P, Roche H (2013) Pedogenic carbonate stable isotopic evidence for wooded habitat preference of early Pleistocene tool makers in the Turkana Basin. Journal of Human Evolution 65: 65-78.
  • Lepre CJ, Roche H, Kent D, Harmond S, Quinn RL, Brugal JP, Texier PJ, Lenoble A, Feibel CS (2011) An earlier origin for the Acheulian. Nature 477: 82-85.
  • Jones S, Quinn RL (2009) Prehistoric Fijian diet and subsistence: integration of faunal, ethnographic, and stable isotopic evidence from the Lau Island Group. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 2742-2754.
  • Quinn RL, Tucker B, Krigbaum J (2008) Diet and mobility in middle Archaic Florida: stable isotopic and faunal evidence from the Harris Creek Archaeological Site (8Vo24), Tick Island. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 2346-2356.
  • Quinn RL, Lepre CJ, Wright JD, Feibel CS (2007) Paleogeographic variations of pedogenic carbonate δ13C values from Koobi Fora, Kenya: Implications for floral compositions of Plio-Pleistocene hominin environments. Journal of Human Evolution 53: 560-573.
  • Hodell DA, Quinn RL, Brenner M, Kamenov G (2004) Spatial variation of strontium isotopes (87Sr/86Sr) in the Maya region: a tool for tracking ancient human migration. Journal of Archaeological Science 31: 585-601.