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Human Ecology and Archaeobiology


Teresa Hsu is the Program Manager for the Program in Human Ecology and Archaeobiology (PHEA). She began as a volunteer with the Department of Vertebrate Zoology’s Division of Birds and Division of Mammals where she identified and catalogued modern, archaeological, and paleontological skeletal remains from various sites. When she joined the PHEA in 2011, she analyzed a zooarchaeological assemblage in southeastern Turkey to shed light upon the origins of animal domestication in the ancient Near East. She currently works with Dr. Melinda Zeder, Curator of Old World Archaeology, with the organization, conservation, and management of the Archaeobiology Collections located at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland.

Research Interests

She received her Masters degree in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Southampton, England, where she conducted research on ancient DNA from Pleistocene guanacos in the Pampas region of South America. Her recent research focuses upon the archaeofauna of Teotihuacan, Mexico, and spends her summers excavating and analyzing material from the Plaza de las Columnas just west of the Pyramid of the Sun. Aside from field and laboratory work, her background spans across a number of disciplines including forensic anthropology, human skeletal biology, spatial archaeology using GIS, as well as comparative, functional, and developmental morphology.

Area of Specialization



Boback, S.M., R.W. Snow, T. Hsu, S.C. Peurach, C.J. Dove, and R.N. Reed
2016. Supersize Me: Remains of Three White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in an Invasive Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus) in Florida. BioInvasions Records 5(4):197-203.

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