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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Anthropology

Program in
Human Ecology and Archaeobiology


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

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