B.A., Dartmouth College
M.S., Iowa State University
Ph.D., University of Utah

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate: Introduction to Human Evolution, Environment and Human Evolution, Geoarchaeology, Sedimentary Geology, Microstratigraphy

Graduate: Reconstructing Quaternary Environments

Research Interests

Stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleoenvironments, geoarchaeology, environmental geology, Africa, Levant, Europe.

My interests center on the investigation of the geological context for evolution in terrestrial ecosystems, particularly those related to hominin evolution and the later Neogene. My primary research area is the Turkana Basin of Kenya, where I've worked for twenty-four years in association with the National Museums of Kenya. My work there involves stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleontology, working to establish a geologic framework and an environmental backdrop to the evolutionary and archaeological record for which that region is so famous. My other projects at the moment include an analysis of the stratigraphy and depositional environments of the Hadar site in Ethiopia, and a large project on the sedimentology of Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, an Acheulean site complex in the Dead Sea Rift of Israel, and an investigation of Pannonian (Miocene) lake deposits in Croatia.


Feibel, C. S.  2005.  Quaternary lake margins of the Levant Rift Valley.  In:  Speth, J. D. and Goren-Inbar, N. (eds.)  Paleoecology of the Levantine Corridor.  Oxbow Books, Oxford.  pp. 21-36.

Roche, H., Brugal, J. -P., Delagnes, A., Feibel, C., Harmand, S., Kibunjia, M., Prat, S. and Texier, P. -J.  2004.  Plio-Pleistocene archaeological sites in the Nachukui Formation, West Turkana, Kenya: synthetic results 1997-2001. Comptes Rendus Palevol 2: 663-673.

Rosenfeld, A., Nathan, Y., Feibel, C. S., Shilman, B., Halicz, L., Goren-Inbar, N. and Siman-Tov, R.  2004.  Paleoenvironment of the Acheulian Gesher Benot Ya’aqov Pleistocene lacustrine strata, northern Israel – lithology, ostracod assemblages and ostracod shell geochemistry.  Journal of African Earth Sciences 38: 169-181.

Feibel, C. S. 2003.  Stratigraphy and depositional setting of the Pliocene Kanapoi Formation, lower Kerio Valley, Kenya. Contributions in Science  498: 9-20.

Bernor, R. L., Feibel, C. S. and Viranta, S.  2003.  The vertebrate locality of Hatvan, Late Miocene (Middle Turolian, MN12), Hungary.  In: Petculescu, A. and Stiuca, E. (eds.) Advances in Vertebrate Paleontology, Hen to Panta, Bucharest.  pp. 105-112.

Feibel, C. S.  2003.  Stratigraphy and depositional history of the Lothagam sequence.  In: Leakey, M. G. and Harris, J. M. (eds.) Lothagam: The Dawn of Humanity in Eastern Africa.  Columbia University Press, New York.  pp. 17-29.

Sharon, G., Feibel, C. S., Belitzky, S., Marder, O., Khalaily, H. and Rabinovitch, R.  2002.  1999 Jordan River drainage project damages Gesher Benot Ya’aqov: A preliminary study of the archaeological and geological implications.  In: Gal, Z. (ed.) Eretz Zafon: Studies in Galilean Archaeology.  Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem.  pp. 1-19.

Goren-Inbar, N., Werker, E. and Feibel, C. S.  2002.  The Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov: The wood assemblage.  Oxbow Press, Oxford.  121 pp.

Feibel, C. S.  2001.  Archaeological sediments in lake margin environments.  In: Stein, J. K. and Farrand, W. R. (eds.) Sediments in Archaeological Context.  University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.  pp. 127-148.

Goren-Inbar, N., Feibel,C. S., Verosub, K. L., Melamed, Y., Kislev, M. E., Tchernov, E. and Saragusti, I.  2000.  Pleistocene milestones on the Out-of-Africa corridor at Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel.  Science 289: 944-947.

Feibel, C. S.  1999c.  Basin evolution, sedimentary dynamics and hominid habitats in East Africa: an ecosystem approach.  In:  Bromage, T. and Schrenk, F. (eds.)  African Biogeography, Climate Change, and Human Evolution.  Oxford University Press, Oxford.  pp. 276-281.

Feibel, C. S.  1999b.  Tephrostratigraphy and geological context in paleoanthropology.  Evolutionary Anthropology 8: 87-100.

McDougall, I. and Feibel, C. S.  1999.  Numerical age control for the Miocene-Pliocene succession at Lothagam, a hominoid-bearing sequence in the northern Kenya Rift.  Journal of the Geological Society, London 156: 731-745.

Roche, H., Delagnes, A., Brugal, J. P., Feibel, C. S., Kibunjia, M., Mourre, V. and Texier, P. J.  1999.  Early hominid stone tool production and technical skill 2.34 Myr ago in West Turkana, Kenya.  Nature 399: 57-60.

Leakey, M. G., Feibel, C. S., McDougall, I., Ward, C. and Walker, A.  1998.  New specimens and confirmation of an early age for Australopithecus anamensis.  Nature 393: 62-66.

Feibel, C. S.  1997.  A terrestrial Auxiliary Stratotype Point and Section for the Plio-Pleistocene boundary in the Turkana Basin, East Africa.  Quaternary International 40: 73-79.

Feibel, C. S.  1997.  Debating the environmental factors in hominid evolution. GSA Today 7(3):1-7.

Semaw, S., Renne, P., Harris, J. W. K., Feibel, C. S., Bernor, R. L., Fessaha, N. and Mowbray, K.  1997.  2.5-million-year-old stone tools from Gona, Ethiopia.  Nature 385: 333-336.

Leakey, M. G., Feibel, C. S., Bernor, R. L., Cerling, T. E., Harris, J. M., Stewart, K. M., Storrs, G. W., Walker, A., Werdelin, L., and  Winkler, A. J.  1996.  Lothagam: a record of faunal change in the late Miocene of East Africa.  Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 16: 556-570.

Feibel, C. S., Agnew, N., Latimer, B., Demas, M., Marshall, F., Waane, S. A. C. and Schmid, P.  1996.  The Laetoli hominid footprints - a preliminary report on the conservation and scientific restudy.  Evolutionary Anthropology 4: 149-154.

Feibel, C. S.  1995.  Geological context and the ecology of Homo erectus  in East Africa.  In: Bower, J. R. F. and Sartono, S. (eds.) Evolution and ecology of Homo erectus.  Pithecanthropus Centennial Foundation, Leiden.  pp. 67-74.

Leakey, M. G., Feibel, C. S., McDougall, I. and Walker, A.  1995.  New four-million-year-old hominid species from Kanapoi and Allia Bay, Kenya.  Nature 376: 565-571.

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  • Erin R. Vogel
  • Graduate Director
  • Associate Professor, SAS
  • Specialization: Primate feeding ecology, functional morphology, digestive efficiency, protein balance, and energetics, the evolution of cooperation and coalition formation; Costa Rica, Central America; Central Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Degree and University: PhD, Stony Brook University, 2004
  • erin.vogel@rutgers.edu
  • Office: Room 209B Biological Sciences Building, Douglass Campus
  • Phone: 848-932-9277
  • http://erinvogelphd.wordpress.com/
  • CV File: ervJuly2011.pdf






Stony Brook University. Stony Brook, NY. Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, 2004
Dissertation Title: “The Ecological Basis of Aggression in White-faced Capuchin Monkeys, Cebus capucinus, in a Costa Rican Dry Forest”
Advisor: Charles H. Janson
Dissertation Committee: Ivan Chase, John Fleagle, Andreas Koenig, Carel van Schaik
Colby College, Waterville, ME. B.A. Magna cum laude. 1995
Biology with an Environmental Science Concentration.


My research interests cover a broad array of topics that revolve around the central theme of how primates are able to acquire the food resources they need for survival. As a primate dietary ecologist, I am interested in the factors that influence food acquisition and diet selection in non-human primates. In particular, I am interested in how primates have adapted to maximize energy intake, in face of variable environments. I answer research questions revolving around diet selection and energy acquisition in non-human primates by examining the behavior, morphology, and physiology of my study animals within an ecological context.

Current Research Projects

1. Digestive efficiency, protein balance, and energetics in non-human primates
2. Understanding the factors that affect geographic variation in orangutan diet selection
3. Diet selection and foraging efficiency in non-human primates
4. Functional ecology and the evolution of hominoid craniodental morphology
5. Coalitions and the evolution of cooperation


2017-2020 The National Science Foundation (PI)
2017-2019 The L.S.B Leakey Foundation (PI)
2012-2016 The United States Agency of International Development (PI)
2011-2013 The US Fish and Wildlife Great Ape Fund
2010-2011 The George Washington University Travel Award
2009-2010 University of California Santa Cruz Professional Development Grant
2008-2009 National Science Foundation Research Grant (PI)
2008-2009 Denver Zoological Foundation Research Grant (PI)
2007-2011 National Science Foundation Research Grant (PI)
2007-2010 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant (PI)
2007 UCSC University Council-American Federation of Teachers
2005-2006 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant (PI)
2005 Denver Zoological Foundation Research Grant (PI)
2001 National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (CoPI)
2001 Organization of Tropical Studies Emily P. Foster Fellowship (PI)
2000 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant (CoPI)
1999 Organization of Tropical Studies Emily P. Foster Fellowship (PI)
1999-2000 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship
1999 Slobodkin Research Award: Stony Brook University(PI)
1999 Sokal Travel Award, Stony Brook University (PI)
1995 Webster Chester Biology Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Colby College


Articles in Refereed Journals:

Donati, G., Arrigo-Nelson, S.J., Balestri, M., Boinski, S., Bollen, A., Bridgeman, L.L., Campera, M., Derbe, A., Epplet, T.M., Hohmann, G., Kinnaird, M., Kowalewski, M., Lahann, P., McLennan, M.R., Nekaris, A.K.I., Nijman, V., Ostner, J., Polowinsky, S.Y., Schulka, O., Schwitzer, C., Stevenson, P.R., Talebi, M.G., Tan, C., Vogel, E.R., Wright, P.C., and Ganzhorn, J.U. In press. Low levels of fruit nitrogen as drivers for the evolution of Madagascar’s primate communities. Scientific Reports.

Glowacka, H., McFarland, S.C., Vogel, E.R., Stoinski, T.S., Ndagijimana, F., Tuyisingize, D., Mudakikwa, A., Schwartz, G.T. Online. Toughness of the Virunga mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) diet across an altitudinal gradient. American Journal of Primatology.

Smith, T.M., Austin, C., Hinde, K., Vogel, E.R., and Arora, M. 2017. Cyclical nursing patterns in wild orangutans. Science Advances. Vol. 3, no. 5, e1601517; DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601517

Vogel, E.R., Alavi, S.E. *, Utami-Atmoko, S.S., van Noordwijk, M.A., Bransford, T.D., Erb, W.M., Zulfa, A., Sulistyo, F., Farida, W.R., Rothman, J.M. 2017. The nutritional ecology of wild Bornean orangutans in a peat swamp habitat: effects of age, sex, and season. American Journal of Primatology 79:e22618.

Schuppli, C., Forss, S.F., Meulman, E.J, Zweifel, N., Lee, K.C., Rukmana, E., Vogel, E.R., van Noordwijk, M.A., van Schaik, C.P. 2016. Development of foraging skills in two orangutan populations: needing to learn or needing to grow? Frontiers in Zoology 13:43: 1-17.

Coiner-Collier, S. *, Scott, R.S., Chalk, J., Cheyne, S.M., Constantino, P., Dominy, N.J., Elgart, A.A., Glowacka, H., Loyola, L.C., Ossi-Lupo, K., Raguet-Schofield, M., Talebi, M.G., Sala, E.A., Sieradzy, P., Taylor, A.B., Vinyard, C.J., Wright, B.W., Yamashita, N., Lucas, P.W., and Vogel, E.R. 2016. Primate dietary ecology in the context of food mechanical properties. Journal of Human Evolution 98: 103-118.

Lucas, P.W., Vogel, E.R., Yamashita, N. 2016. Symposium of food properties and primates. Journal of Human Evolution 98: 1-4.

Marzec, A.M., Kunz, J.A., Falkner, S., Utami-Atmoko, S.S., Alavi, S.E., Moldawer, A., Vogel, E.R., Schuppli, C., van Schaik, C.P., van Noordwijk, M.A. 2016. The dark side of the red ape: Male-mediated lethal female competition in Bornean orangutans. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70 (4):459-466.

Laird, M.F. *, Vogel, E.R., Pontzer, H. 2016. Chewing efficiency and occlusal functional adaptation. Journal of Human Evolution 93:140-149.

Chalk, J., Wright, B.W., Lucas, P.W., Schuhmacher, K.D. Richmond, B.G., Vogel, E.R., Fragaszy, D., Visalberghi, E., and Izar, P. 2016. Age-related variation in the mechanical properties of food processed by Sapajus libidinosus. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 145(1):1-10.

Harrison, M.E., Zweifel, N., Husson, S.J., Cheyne, S.M., D’Arcy, L.J., Harsanto, F.A., Morrogh-Bernard, H.C., Purwanto, A., Rahmadt, Santiano, Vogel, E.R., Wich, S.A., van Noordwijk, M.A. 2016. Disparity in onset timing and frequency of flowering and fruiting events in two Bornean peat-swamp forests. Biotropica 48(2):188-197.

Vogel, E.R., Harrison, M.E., Zulfa, A., Bransford, T.D. *, Alavi, S.E. *, Husson, S., Morrogh-Bernard, H. , Santiano, Firtsman, T., Utami-Atmoko, S.S., van Noordwijk, M.A., Farida W.R. 2015. Nutritional differences between two orangutan habitats: implications for population density. PLoS One. 10(10): e0138612.

Vogel, E.R., Zulfa, A. *, Hardus, M. Wich, S.A., Dominy, N.J, and Taylor, A.B. 2014. Food mechanical properties, feeding ecology, and the mandibular morphology of wild orangutans. Journal of Human Evolution. 75: 110-124.

Chalk, J. and Vogel, E.R. 2012. Insights into primate dietary ecology: methods and theory. International Journal of Primatology. 33(3): 515-519.

Vogel, E.R., Knott, C.D., Crowley, B.E. , Blakely, M.D. , Larsen, M., Dominy, N.J. 2012. Bornean orangutans on the brink of protein bankruptcy. Biology Letters. 8(3): 333-336.

Vogel, E.R., Crowley, B.E. , Knott, C.D., Blakely, M.D. , Larsen, M., Dominy, N.J. 2012. A method for measuring nitrogen balance in free ranging primates. International Journal of Primatology. 33(3): 567-587.

Lucas, P.W., Constantino, P.J., Vogel, E.R., Chalk, J., Talebi, M., Wagner, M. 2012. Measuring the toughness of primate foods and its ecological value. International Journal of Primatology. 33(3): 598-610.

Vogel, E. R., Crowley, B. E., Knott, C. D., Blakely, M. D., Larsen, M., Dominy, N. J. A method for measuring nitrogen balance in free ranging primates. In press. International Journal of Primatology

Lucas, P.W., Constantino, P.J., Vogel, E.R., Chalk, J., Talebi, M., Wagner, M. Measuring the toughness of primate foods and its ecological value. In press. International Journal of Primatology.

Crowley, B. E.,Thorén, S., Rasoazanabary, E., Vogel, E.R., Barrett, M.A., Zohdy, S., Blanco, M.B., McGoogan, K.C., Arrigo-Nelson, S.J., Irwin, M.T., Wright, P.C., Radespiel, U., Godfrey, L.R., Koch, P.L., and Dominy, N.J.In press.Geographic isotopic variation in mouse lemur (Microcebus) populations. Journal of Biogeography.

Wich, S., Vogel, E., Larsen, M. Frederiksson, G. Leighton , M., Yeager, C., Brearley, F., van Schaik, C., Marshall, A. 2011. Forest fruit production is higher on Sumatra than on Borneo. PLoS ONE. 6(6): e21278.

Vogel, E. R., Janson, C.H. 2011. Quantifying primate food abundance and distribution for socioecological studies: An objective consumer-centered method. International Journal of Primatology.32: 737-752.

Bastian, M.L.,Zweifel, N., Vogel, E.R., Wich, S.A., van Schaik, C.P. 2010. Diet traditions in wild orangutans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 143(2): 175-187.

Ganzhorn, J.U., Arrigo-Nelson, S., Boinski, S., Bollen, A., Carrai, V., Derby, A., Donati, G., Koenig, A., Kowalewski, M., Lahann, P., Norscia, I., Polowinsky, S. Y., Schwitzer, C., Stevenson, P.R., Talebi, M.G., Tan, C., Vogel, E. R., Wright, P.C. 2009. Possible fruit protein effects on primate communities in Madagascar and the Neotropics. PLoS ONE. 4(12): e8253.

Vogel, E. R., Haag, L., Mitra-Setia, T., van Schaik, C. P. and Dominy, N. J. 2009. Foraging and ranging behavior during a fallback episode: Hylobatesalbibarbis and Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii compared. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.140:716–726.

Ross, C. F., Washington, R.L., Eckhardt, A., Reed, D. A., Vogel, E.R., Dominy, N .J., Machanda, Z. P. 2009. Ecological consequences of scaling of chew cycle duration and daily feeding time in Primates. Journal of Human Evolution 56:570-585.

Stamatopoulos, G., Sengupta, A. Vogel, E. R., and C. H. Janson. 2009. A game-theoretic model of within-group coalition formation in non-human primates. Journal of Bioeconomics11(2):165-183.

Harrison, M.E., Vogel, E.R., Morrogh-Bernard, H.C., van Noordwijk, M.A. 2009. Methods for calculating dietary composition compared: A case study using orangutans. American Journal of Primatology71:353–358.

Dominy, N.J., Vogel, E.R., Yeakel, J.D., Constantino, P., Lucas, P.W. 2008. The mechanical properties of plant underground storage organs and implications for the adaptive radiation and resource partitioning of early hominins. Evolutionary Biology 35(3): 157-175.

Taylor, A.B., Vogel,E.R., Dominy, N.J. 2008. Masticatory biomechanics and food mechanical properties in large-bodied hominoids.Journal of Human Evolution.55(4): 604-616.

Vogel E.R., van Woerden J.T., Lucas, P.W., UtamiAtmoko, S.S., van Schaik C.P, &Dominy N.J. 2008. Functional ecology and evolution of hominoid molar enamel: Pan troglodytesschweinfurthii and Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii.Journal of Human Evolution 55(1): 60-74.

Vogel, E.R., Neitz, M., and Dominy, N.J. 2007.Effect of color vision phenotype on fruit and energy intake rates of wild white-faced capuchins, Cebus capucinus.Behavioral Ecology.18(2): 292-297.

Vogel, E.R., Munch, S.B., &Janson, C.H. 2007. Understanding escalated aggression over food resources in white-faced capuchin moneys.Animal Behaviour 74:71-80.

Vogel, E.R. and Janson 2007. Predicting the frequency of food related agonism in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus), Using a novel focal tree method. American Journal of Primatology 69(5):533-550.

Vogel, E.R. 2006. The Complete Capuchin: the Biology of the Genus Cebus, A Review (book review). Quarterly Review of Biology 81(4): 406-407.

Vogel, E.R. and Fuentes-Jiménez A. 2006. Rescue behavior in white-faced capuchin monkeys during an intergroup attack: support for the Infanticide Avoidance Hypothesis. American Journal of Primatology 68: 1012-1016.

Talebi, M.G., Pope, T.R., Vogel E.R., Neitz, M, and N.J. Dominy. 2006. Polymorphism of visual pigment genes in the muriqui (Primates, Atelidae). Molecular Ecology 15(2): 551- 558.

Vogel, E.R. 2005. Rank differences in energy intake rates in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus): the effects of contest competition. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 58: 333-344.

van Schaik, C.P., Pandit, S.A., Vogel, E.R. 2004. A model for within-group coalitionary aggression among males. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 57:101-109.

Rose, L.M., Perry, S., Panger, M., Jack, K., Manson, J., Gros-Louis, J., MacKinnon, K., and Vogel, E. 2003. Interspecific interactions between white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) and other species: Preliminary Data from three Costa Rican sites. International Journal of Primatology 24(4):759-796.

Panger, M., Perry, S., Rose, L.M, Gros-Louis, J., Vogel E., MacKinnon, K., Baker, M. 2002. Cross-site differences in foraging behavioral of white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 119:52-66.

Wilson, W.H. and Vogel, E.R. 1997. The foraging behavior of Semipalmated Sandpipers in the Upper Bay of Fundy: Stereotyped or prey sensitive? Condor 99:206-210.

Book Chapters

Vogel, E.R. andDominy, N.J. 2010. Measuringecologicalvaraiablesforprimate field studies. In Campbell, C.J., Fuentes, A., MacKinnon, K.C., Panger, M., Bearder, S.K. (eds). Primates in Perspective, 2nd Edition.Oxford University Press. Pp. 367-377.

van Schaik, C.P, van Noordwijk, M.A. Vogel, E.R. 2009. Ecological sex differences in wild orangutans. Wich, S.A., UtamiAtmoko, S., MitraSetia, T., van Schaik, C.P. (eds). Orangutans: Geographic Variation in in Behavioral Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press.pp. 256-268.

Janson, C.H. and Vogel, E.R. 2006. Estimating the effects of hunger on primate social ecology. InHohmann, G., Robbins, M., and Boesch, C. (eds).Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates. Cambridge University Press.pp. 285-312.

van Schaik, C.P., Pandit, S.A., Vogel, E.R. 2006. Toward a general model for male-male coalitions in primate groups. In Kappeler, P.M. & van Schaik (eds) Cooperation in primates: comparative perspectives. Springer Verlag: Heidelberg. pp 151-171.

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  • Robert S. Scott
  • Undergraduate Director
  • Associate Professor, SAS
  • Specialization: hominin evolution, paleocology, dental microwear, dietary reconstruction, Eurasian hominids: Turkey, Hungary, and China
  • Degree and University: Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • robertsc@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
  • Office: 32 Bishop Street, New Brunswick , NJ 08901
  • Office Hours: for Extinction: Monday 10-12, virtual
  • Phone: 848-932-9395
  • http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~robertsc





Rob Scott grew up in Hamilton, Montana and received his Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. His research is united by an interest in environmental influences on hominid evolution. Previous work includes a strong quantitative and analytic program in evolutionary morphology and paleoanthropology including museum studies of fossil species, a record of fieldwork as part of international collaborations in Java, Turkey, Hungary, and China, finite element modeling of the human tibia, and extensive work reconstructing ancient environments relevant to the evolution of the human lineage.

Scott is the co-developer of a new repeatable method for quantifying primate and hominid dental microwear in three dimensions. This method has provided new insights into the diet of South African early hominins suggesting the importance of fallback food exploitation and was published in the journal Nature in 2005. Scott has a strong focus on late Miocene hominid paleoenvironments in Western Eurasia and is a leading expert in the application of the ecomorphology of fossil bovids and equids in the reconstruction of ancient environments. More recently, Scott has begun work on Homo erectus in Asia including field study an Ngandong in Java.

At Rutgers, Scott teaches the course “Extinction”, part of the pioneering SAS Signature course initiative [on YouTube]. Scott also teaches “Human Osteology” and “Quantitative Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology.”

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  • Ulla D. Berg
  • Associate Professor, Latino & Caribbean Studies and Anthropology, SAS
  • Specialization: Migration, Transnationalism, regimes of (im)mobility, immigrant detention and deportation, media and performance, race and affect, visual anthropology, ethnographic filmmaking, Latin America, Andes, U.S. Latinxs populations and communities.
  • Degree and University: Ph.D, New York University, 2007
  • uberg@lcs.rutgers.edu
  • Office: RAB-315; LSH A-260
  • Office Hours: Virtual - Wednesdays 3-5- pm



BergEcuadorResearchAs a sociocultural and visual anthropologist specializing in Latin America and in Latino communities in the U.S., my research focuses on historical and contemporary processes and experiences of migration and mobility within Latin America and between this region and the United States. My first monograph Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S. (NYU Press, 2015), employs ethnographic methods and anthropological theories of exchange, circulation, and social and racial formations, to examine the conditions under which Peruvians of rural and working-class origins leave the central highlands of Peru and migrate to the United States and how they strive to communicate across multiple borders. By exploring how racialized and indigenous migrant populations through a variety of communicative practices create new renderings of themselves to overcome the class and racial biases that they face throughout the migration process, the book contributes to understanding technology’s role in fostering new forms of migrant sociality and subjectivity. Mobile Selves was translated into Spanish and published in 2016 by the Institute for Peruvian Studies in Lima, under the title Sujetos Móviles: Raza, Migración y Pertenencia en Peru y los Estados Unidos.

My current work centers on the detention and deportation of South American migrants from the United States in the Obama and Trump eras. I examine the current deportation regime as a set of social practices occurring over time and as a transnational social system which begins long before the migrant is apprehended and which continue long after an individual is removed from the US and exiled to their country of citizenship. By examining ethnographically the experiences and long-term effects of deportation and the dynamics of post-deportation life in both rural and urban communities in Ecuador and Peru, I seeks to expand the scope of anthropological studies of immigrant detention and deportation to consider the role of multiple actors and infrastructures in both “sending” and “receiving” locations.

I am also a practicing filmmaker and have directed, produced and edited the documentary Waiting for Miracles (2003), which follows a Peruvian Catholic brotherhood in NYC as it prepares for its yearly procession honoring the Lord of Miracles. My camera work is also featured in the film La Fiesta de la Asunción de Sarhua [The Festival of Our Lady of Assumption in Sarhua], directed by Luis Millones and Delia Ackerman (2011), among other productions. I am currently working on two documentary film projects: the first is an hour-long portrait of the Peruvian poet Domingo de Ramos– a film project which draws on visual material that I have shot over a twelve year-period. The second film is a collaboration with Zaire Dinzey-Flores, about memory and infrastructures in the Caribbean. This latter film traces the travels and imprints of Juan Vicente Dinzey Hazle, an octogenarian Dominican “cocolo” civil engineer of West Indian descent, and follows his laboral trajectory which traverses the ruins/remnants of a sugar mill in a West Indian enclave outside of San Pedro de Macorís in Dominican Republic, to technical training in the public University in Santo Domingo amidst political dictators and unequal racial landscapes, to the migration to New York City and later Puerto Rico. This short film explores how space—cities, buildings, infrastructure, built forms—are housed in the constructor’s labor—in its everyday experiences and in its landscapes of memories. 

            Fieldwork in Paterson, NJ 2004


2007    Ph.D. in Socio-cultural Anthropology, New York University.
2005    Certificate Program in Culture and Media, New York University.
2001    M.A. in Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.
1998    B.A. in Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.



070:603 Personhood (grad seminar)
070:505 History of Anthropological Theory (grad seminar)
070:407 Documenting Latinx Lives: Video Production Seminar
070:368 Anthropology of Mass Media
070:101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
595:307 Latinx Ethnography
595:298 Latinxs and Migration
595:101 Introduction to Latinx Studies


Berg with family



The Prize of Belonging.

Ulla Berg on her new book Mobile Selves. Interview with Ilana Gershon https://campanthropology.org/2017/09/11/ulla-berg-mobile-selves/
Interview Series “Seen Through a Spatial Lens … – Spatializations in Global Times”
Interview with Prof. Ulla Berg (Rutgers University, USA). Leipzig, August 2017.
Blog for Transregional Research: http://trafo.hypotheses.org/7485

Ulla Berg's video production class featured in Rutgers Today, in "Rutgers Students Training their lenses on Latino Lives."
Transnational New Jersey
Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies

I am currently directing the Center for Latin American Studies at Rutgers (2018-2021).

I am collaborating since 2014 with First Friends of NJ and NY




  • 2016    Sujetos Móviles: Raza, Migración y Pertencia en el Perú y en los Estados Unidos. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.
  • 2015    Mobile Selves: Migration, Race, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S. New York University Press.
  • 2013    Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas. Eds. Ulla D. Berg and Robyn Rodriguez. London and New York: Routledge
  • 2005    El Quinto Suyo: Transnacionalidad y Formaciones Diasporicas en la Migración Peruana [The Fifth Region: Transnationality and Diasporic Formations in Peruvian Migration]. Eds. Ulla Berg and Karsten Paerregaard. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos

Editor Special Journal Issues

  • 2020   Pathways: A Tribute to Thomas A. Abercrombie. Cultural Anthrpology's Theorizing the Contemporary Series. Curated by Ulla D. Berg, Sandra Rozental, and Emily Yates-Doerr.
  • 2013   Guest editor with Robyn Rodriguez of special issue of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power on transnational and diasporic citizenship. Vol. 20, Issue 6 (December 2013).
  • 2010    Guest editor with A. Takenaka and K. Paerregaard of special issue of Latin American Perspectives on Peruvian Global Migrations (Vol. 37 No. 5, September, 2010)
  • 2006    Guest editor with Roberto G. Varea of e-misférica 3.2. (Issue titled Borders: Hybrid Imaginaries / Fractured Geographies): http://hemi.nyu.edu/journal/index.php.


  • 2019 Documenting Latinx Lives: Visual Anthropology and Latinx Studies. Latino Studies 17(1):108-117. DOI 10.1057/s41276-018-00170-y
  • 2017 “Cuerpos Confinados, Almas Resilientes: Un ensayo fotográfico.” Co-authored with Jennifer Castro. Iconos, Number 57 (May 2017).
  • 2017 “La racialización del afecto: una propuesta teórica”, co-authored with Ana Ramos-Zayas. Etnografías Contemporáneas, Año 3, Nº 5, pp. 216-276.
  • 2015.   “Racializing Affect: A Theoretical Proposition.” Co-authored with Ana Ramos-Zayas. Current Anthropology, Vol. 56, No. 5 (October 2015)
  • 2013    “Introduction: Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas.” Co-authored with Robyn Rodriguez. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Vol. 20(6): 649-664.
  • 2010    El Quinto Suyo: Contemporary Nation-building and the Political Economy of Emigration in Peru. In Latin American Perspectives, Vol. 37 No. 5, pp. 121-    136
  • 2010    Introduction: Peruvian Migration in a Global Context. Co-authored with A. Takenaka and K. Paerregaard in special issue of Latin American Perspectives, Vol. 37 No. 5.
  • 2008    In Defense of Community? Long-distance Localism and Transnational Political Engagement between the US and the Peruvian Andes. In Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 34(7):1091-1108.
  • 2006    ‘El Quinto Suyo’ from Above and from Below: State Agency and Transnational Political Practices Among Peruvian Migrants in the US and Europe. Co-authored with Carla Tamagno. In Latino Studies, vol. 4(3): 258–281

Selected Book Chapters

  • 2020 The Afterlife of U.S. Disciplining Institutions: Transnational Structures of (Im)mobility among Peruvian deportees. In Rúa and Ramos-Zayas (eds): Critical Diálogos in Latino Studies, NYU Press (forthcoming 2020).
  • 2018 “Affect, Race, and Generative Fieldsites in Urban Anthropology.” Co-authored with Ana Ramos-Zayas. In Setha Low (ed.): Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City, (Chapter 6).
  • 2016 Percepción Remota: Estructuras de sentimiento en la comunicación a larga distancia. In I. Kummels (ed): Los medios audiovisuales en el contexto transnacional México-EE.UU. Berlin: Edición Tranvía. Verlag Walter Frei.
  • 2014 “Domingo de Ramos: De la soledad poética a la choledad cosmopólita.” In In-Sufrido Fuego: Poesía Reunida (1988-2011) by Domingo de Ramos, pp. 91-94. Lima: Fondo Editorial del Congreso de la República.
  • 2013    Migration Brokers and Document Fixers: The Making of Migrant Subject in Urban Peru. In Nyberg-Sørensen and Gammeltoft-Hansen (eds): The Migration Industry and the Commercialization of International Migration. London and New York: Routledge).
  • 2012    Video-Culturas Itinerantes: Visualidad y Performance en el Espacio Diaspórico Peruano [Itinerant Video-cultures: Visuality and Performance in the Peruvian Diaspora]. In Gisela Cánepa (ed.): Imaginación Visual y Cultura en el Perú. Lima: Fondo Editorial PUCP.


  • Domingo de Ramos. Documentary-in-progress on the Peruvian poet Domingo de Ramos (director)
  • La Fiesta de la Asunción de Sarhua [The Festival of Our Lady of Assumption in Sarhua]. Documentary directed by Luis Millones and Delia Ackerman, cinematography by Ulla Berg (Lima: Asamblea Nacional de Rectores). View full documentary: https://vimeo.com/96767462 (password: ullaberg)
  • Waiting for Miracles (2003). Documentary that follows a Peruvian Catholic brotherhood as it prepares for its yearly procession honoring the Lord of Miracles in NYC. This film explores the power of faith in the lives of immigrants in New York City (Director, Producer, and editor. NYU, Culture and Media).

Online Multimedia Projects

  • Documenting Latinx Lives. On-line archive of the student documentary films made in the video production seminar “Documenting Latino Lives” at Rutgers University (available at: https://vimeo.com/album/5141847)
  • Sarhua – Land of Mountains and Colors [Sarhua – Tierra de Montañas y Colores], on-line performance archive curated in 2006 with Luis Millones, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU (http://hemisphericinstitute.org/cuaderno/atahualpa/)
  • The Death of the Inca Atahualpa [La Muerte del Inca Atahualpa], on-line     performance archive curated in 2004 with Luis Millones, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU (http://hemisphericinstitute.org/cuaderno/sarhua/)
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  • Dan Cabanes
  • Assistant Professor, Anthropology, SAS
  • Specialization: Microarchaeology, Site Formation Processes, Phytoliths, FTIR, Diagenesis, Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition, Neanderthals, Anatomically Modern Humans, Activity Areas, Urban Centres, Levantine Bronze and Iron Age; Europe, the Levant.
  • Degree and University: Ph.D. Universitat Rovira i Vigili, Tarragona, Spain, 2009
  • dan.cabanes@rutgers.edu
  • Office: BIO-203A
  • Office Hours: Friday 10-11, virtual
  • Phone: 848-932-9393



University Rovira and Virgili (Tarragona), History degree, 2000
University Rovira and Virgili (Tarragona), History, MA, 2002
University Rovira and Virgili (Tarragona), Doctoral Thesis. 2009 Advisors: R.M. Albert and E. Carbonell. Title: The study of formation processes of archaeological sediments and paleosoils through the analysis of phytoilths, minerals and other microremains


Academic Appointments

Cabanesinfieldscaled1002015 – 2016: Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology Research Group, Department of Human Evolution. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany). Post-doctoral researcher.

2012 – 2015: Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Juan de la Cierva Post-doctoral contract (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spanish government).

2010–2012: Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel). Beatriu de Pinós Post-doctoral fellowship (Agaur, Catalonian government).

2009–2010: Institute of Archaeology, Tel-Aviv University (Tel-Aviv, Israel). Post-doctoral fellowship FP-7 CORDIS European Research Council.

2006–2009: Prehistory Department, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). Atapuerca Fundation pre-doctoral fellowship.

2001–2005: Prehistory Department, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). Pre-doctoral fellowship Ministry of Science and Education (Spanish government).


Research Interest

Microarchaeology, Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition, Phytoliths, FTIR, Mineralogy, Fire Technology, Levantine Urban Centers, Paleodemography, Site Formation Processes, Human Evolution

As a microarchaeologist specialized in phytolith and FTIR analysis my capabilities lie halfway between Archaeobotany and Geoarcheology. My main research interest is the evolution of the anthropogenic impact in archaeological sediments as a proxy for biological, social, and economic changes. In other words, I try to understand how human activities had modified the microscopic sedimentary record, and what can this microscopic record tell us about site formation processes, human behavior, and adaptation strategies in the past. To investigate these questions, I focus on the minerals and micro-botanical remains preserved in the archaeological record. So far I studied three critical periods in human history: the emergence of the genus Homo in Africa, the transition from the Middle to Upper Paleolithic in Europe, and the evolution of the urban centers in the Levant. I also have lead ground-breaking research on phytolith preservation and collaborated in the development of a fast method for phytolith analyses.


Link to Lab


Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Esteban, I., De Vynck, J.C., Singels, E., Vlok, J., Marean, C.W., Cowling, R.M., Fisher, E.C., Cabanes, D., Albert, R.M. In press.  Modern soil phytolith assemblages used as proxies for Paleoscape reconstruction on the south coast of South Africa. Quaternary International.

Vergès, J.M., Burguet-Coca, A., Allué, E., Expósito, I., Guardiola, M., Martín, P., Morales, J.I., Burjachs, F., Cabanes, D., Carrancho, Á., Vallverdú, J. In press. The Mas del Pepet experimental programme for the study of prehistoric livestock practices: Preliminary data from dung burning. Quaternary International.

Sanz, M., Daura, J., Égüez, N., Cabanes, D. In press. On the track of anthropogenic activity in carnivore dens: Altered combustion structures in Cova del Gegant (NE Iberian Peninsula). Quaternary International.

Rodríguez, A., Cabanes, D. In press. Phytolith and FTIR studies applied to combustion structures: the case of the Middle Paleolithic site of El Salt (Alcoy, Alicante). Quaternary International.

Asscher, Y., Cabanes, D., Hitchcok, L., Maeir, A.M., Weiner, S., Boaretto, E. 2015. Radiocarbon Dating Shows an Early Appearance of Philistine Material Culture in Tell es-Safi/Gath, Philistia. Radiocarbon, 57 (5), pp 825-850.

Balbo, A.L., Cabanes, D., García-Granero, J.J., Bonet, A., Ajithprasad, P., Terradas, X. 2015.  A microarchaeological approach for the study of pits. Environmental Archaeology, 20 (4), pp. 390-405.

Regev, L., Cabanes, D., Homsher, R., Kleiman, A., Weiner, S., Finkelstein, I., Shahack-Gross, R. In press. Geoarchaeological Investigations in a Domestic Iron Age Quarter, Tel Megiddo, Israel. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. BASOR 374, pp. 1–24.

Stutz, A.J., Shea, J.J., Rech, J.A., Pigate, J.S., Wilson, J., Belmaker, M., Albert, R.M., Aprin, T., Cabanes, D., Clark, J.L., Hartman, G., Hourani, F., White, C.E., Nilsson Stuttz, L. 2015. Early Upper Paleolihtic chronology in the Levant: New ABOx-SC accelerator mass spectrometry results from the Mughr el Hamamah Site, Jordan. Journal of Human Evolution, 85, pp. 157-173.

Cabanes, D.; Shahack-Gross R. 2015. Understanding Fossil Phytolith Preservation: The Role of Partial Dissolution in Paleoecology and Archaeology. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0125532. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0125532.

Ackermann, O., Greenbaum, N., Ayalon, A., Bar-Matthews, M., Boaretto, E., Bruins, H.J., Cabanes, D., Howkitz, L.K., Neumann, F.H., Porat, N., Weiss, E., Maeir, A.M. 2014 Using palaeo-environmental proxies to reconstruct natural and anthropogenic controls on sedimentation rates, Tell es-Safi/Gath, eastern Mediterranean. Anthropocene, 8, pp. 70-82.

Shahack-Gross, R., Boaretto, E., Cabanes, D., Katz, O, Finkelstein, I. 2014. Subsistence Economy in the Negev Highlands: The Iron Age and the Byzantine/Early Islamic Period. Levant, 46, 1, pp. 98-117.

Mallol, C., Hernández, C., Cabanes, D., Machado, J., Sistiaga, A., Pérez, L., Galván, B., 2013. Human Actions Performed on Simple Combustion Structures: An Experimental Approach to the Study of Middle Paleolithic Fire. Quaternary International, 315, pp. 3-15.

Mallol, C., Hernández, C.M., Cabanes, D., Sistiaga, A., Machado, J., Rodríguez, A., Pérez, L. Galván, B., 2013. The black layer of Middle Palaeolithic combustion structures, interpretation and archaeostratigraphic interpretations. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40, pp. 2515-2537.

Albert, R.M., Cau, M.Á., Cabanes, D., 2012. Editorial: The international workshop on site formation and post-depositional processes in archaeology (Barcelona, 2-4 June 2010). Quaternary International, 275, 1-3.

Cabanes, D., Gadot, Y., Cabanes, M., Finkelstein, I., Weiner, S., Shahack-Gross, R., 2012. Human impact around settlement sites: a phytolith and mineralogical study for assessing site boundaries, phytolith preservation, and implications for spatial reconstructions using plant remains. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39, 2607-2705.

Cabanes, D., Weiner, S., Shahack-Gross, R., 2011. Stability of phytoliths in the archaeological record: a dissolution study of modern and fossil phytoliths. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38, 2480-2490.

Namdar, D., Zukerman, A., Maeir, A.M., Katz, J.C., Cabanes, D., Trueman, C., Shahack-Gross, R., Weiner, S., 2011. The 9th century BCE destruction layer at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel: integrating macro- and microarchaeology. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38, 3471-3482.

Cabanes, D., Albert, R.M., 2011. Microarchaeology of a collective burial: cova des Pas (Minorca). Journal of Archaeological Science, 38, 1119-1126.

Katz, O., Cabanes, D., Weiner, S., Maeir, A.M., Boaretto, E., Shahack-Gross, R., 2010. Rapid phytolith extraction for analysis of phytolith concentrations and assemblages during an excavation: an application at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37, 1557-1563.

Cabanes, D., Mallol, C., Expósito, I., Baena, J., 2010. Phytolith evidence for hearths and beds in the late Mousterian occupations of Esquilleu cave (Cantabria, Spain). Journal of Archaeological Science, 37, 2947-2957.

Mallol, C., Cabanes, D., Baena, J., 2010. Microstratigraphy and diagenesis at the upper Pleistocene site of Esquilleu Cave (Cantabria, Spain). Quaternary International, 214, 70-81.

Albert, R.M., Cabanes, D., 2009. Fire in prehistory: An experimental approach to combustion processes and phytolith remains. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences, 56, 175-189.

Cabanes, D., Burjachs, F., Expósito, I., Rodríguez, A., Allué, E., Euba, I., Vergés, J.M., 2009. Formation processes through archaeobotanical remains: The case of the Bronze Age levels in El Mirador cave, Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain. Quaternary International, 193, 160-173.

Albert, R.M., Bamford, M.K., Cabanes, D., 2009. Palaeoecological significance of palms at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, based on phytolith remains. Quaternary International, 193, 41-48.

Albert, R.M., Shahack-Gross, R., Cabanes, D., Gilboa, A., Portillo, M., Sharon, I., Boaretto, E., Weiner, S., 2008. Phytolith-rich layers from the Late Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel Dor (Israel): Mode of formation and archaeological significance. Journal of Archaeological Science, 35, 57-75.

Bamford, M.K., Albert, R.M., Cabanes, D., 2006. Plio-Pleistocene macroplant fossil remains and phytoliths from Lowermost Bed II in the eastern paleolake margin of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Quaternary International, 148, 95-112.

Albert, R.M., Bamford, M.K., Cabanes, D., 2006. Taphonomy of phytoliths and macroplants in different soils from Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) and the application to Plio-Pleistocene palaeoanthropological samples. Quaternary International, 148, 78-94.


Edited Journal Special Issues

Rosa Maria Albert, Miguel Ángel Cau and Dan Cabanes (Eds.) 2012. Site Formation and Postdepositional Processes in Archaeology (International Workshop, Barcelona, 2–4 June 2010). Quaternary International, 275, pp. 1-136.


Book Chapters

Allué, E., Cabanes, D., Solé, A., Sala, R. 2012. Hearth Functioning and Forest Resource Exploitation Based on the Archeobotanical Assemblage from Level J in: Carbonell E., (Ed.), High Resolution Archaeology and Neanderthal Behavior. Time and Space in level J of Abric Romaní (Capellades, Spain). Springer Netherlands, Dordretch, pp. 373-385.

Cabanes, D., Allué, E., Vallverdú, J., Cáceres, I., Vaquero, M., Pastó, I., 2007. Hearth structure and function at level J (50kyr, bp) from Abric Romaní (Capellades, Spain): phytolith, charcaoal, bones and stone-tools in: Madella, M., Zurro, D. (Eds.), Plant People and Places - Recent Studies in Phytolith Analysis  Oxbow Books, Oxford, pp. 98-106.