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Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

SHESC Themes: Human Origins, Evolution and Diversity; Societies and their Natural Environments

Field Specializations: Archaeology, Modern Human Origins, Paleoanthropology, Paleoecology, Zooarchaeology

Regional Focus: Africa (Southern); Near East

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Bio

Research:

Curtis W. Marean, Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the associate director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University, is interested in the relation between climate and environmental change and human evolution, both for its significance as a force driving past human evolution, and as a challenge to be faced in the near future.  This is a natural transdisciplinary topic that thrives at the intersection of archaeology, geology, geochemistry, geochronology, and climate and environmental sciences.  Curtis has focused his career developing field and laboratory teams and methods that tap the synergy between the disciplines to bring new insights to old scientific problems.  He has spent over 20 years doing fieldwork in Africa, and conducting laboratory work on the field-collected materials, with the goal of illuminating the final stages of human evolution – how modern humans became modern. 

Curtis began his career at Pennsylvania State University where he conducted research on dating ancient stone artifacts through obsidian hydration.  His work as an undergraduate there resulted in the publication of the first directly dated Middle Stone Age artifacts (about 70,000 years old).  This was followed by a move to the University of California at Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. 1990.  

His dissertation research, published in Nature, showed that during the cooler periods of glacial stages the grassland ecosystems of East Africa were primarily deserts, inhabited by dry climate adapted mammals.  This research also showed that the African grassland ecosystems of today are in fact quite recent developments from the combined effects of modern climate of the last 4000 years and regular burning of grasses by pastoralists.  After completing his doctorate, Curtis joined the faculty at SUNY at Stony Brook where he served as director of the Interdepartmental Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS), and in 2001 he joined ASU. 

Curtis has always had an interest in employing new technologies to solve old problems in archaeology.  This led him to develop a novel approach to studying fossil bones from archaeological sites that has changed the way researchers do zooarchaeology – the study of animal bones from archaeological sites.  With his research team he developed a new image analysis based system for recording and analyzing fossil bone which has laid the foundation for all future zooarchaeological data recording and analysis systems.  His application of that system overturned the widely accepted idea that archaic humans, such as Neanderthals, were primarily scavengers.  This falsified the hypothesis that modern humans replaced Neanderthals because modern humans were hunters and Neanderthals scavengers. 

Curtis’ early interest in ancient climates and environments has recently been revisited in a major international transdisciplinary project to develop a complete climatic and environmental curve for southern Africa spanning 400,000 to 30,000 years ago.  This project, of which he is the principal investigator and project director, is called the South African Coast Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology, Paleoanthropology (SACP4) project.  It includes about 40 scientists from 10 countries, and is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and a continuing generous funding from the Hyde Family Foundation.  That project recently received another NSF grant for $1.0 m.  That project has published in Nature on the earliest evidence for people exploiting coastal resources (shellfish), and very early evidence for the use of pigments and bladelet technology.  In 2009 the project published in Science an analysis that showed that early modern humans in South Africa employed heat treatment technology as early as 164,000 years ago.

Curtis is married to Celeste Ehrhardt, and they have two children, Spencer 12 and Sydney 8.  Celeste received her BA from UC Berkeley in anthropology, and has participated in numerous archaeological field and laboratory projects around the world.  

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 368 Prehistoric/Historic Hunter-
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 497 Honors Colloquium
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 591 Seminar
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 584 Internship
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 792 Research

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 368 Prehistoric/Historic Hunter-
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 563 Hunter-Gatherer Adaptations
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 591 Seminar
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 191 First-Year Seminar
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 338 Anthropological Field Session
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 792 Research

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 330 Arch Method and Theory
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 497 Honors Colloquium
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 591 Seminar
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 338 Anthropological Field Session
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 792 Research

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 368 Prehistoric/Historic Hunter-
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 591 Seminar
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 191 First-Year Seminar
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASB 799 Dissertation
ASM 338 Anthropological Field Session
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 792 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 330 Principles of Archaeology
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 591 Seminar
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Curtis W. Marean. When the sea saved humanity. Scientific American - Special issue on human origins (2013).

  2. Fisher, E.C., Albert, R.M., Botha, G., Cawthra, H.C., Esteban, I., Harris, J., Jacobs, Z., Jerardino, A., Marean, C.W., Neumann, F.H., Pargeter, J., Poupart, M., Venter, J.,. Archaeological Reconnaissance for Middle Stone Age Sites Along the Pondoland Coast, South Africa. PaleoAnthropology (2013).

  3. Robyn Pickering, Zenobia Jacobs, Andy I.R. Herries, Panagiotis Karkanas, Miryam Bar-Matthews, Jon D. Woodhead, Peter Kappen, Erich Fisher, Curtis W. Marean. Paleoanthropologically Significant South African Sea Caves dated to 1.0 Million Years using a combination of U-Pb, TT-OSL and palaeomagnetism. Quaternary Science Reviews (2013).

  4. D. L. Roberts, P. Karkanas, Z. Jacobs, C. W. Marean, R. G. Roberts.. Melting ice sheets 400,000 years ago raised sea level by 13 m: past analogue for future trends.. Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2012).

  5. J. T. Faith, R. Potts, T. W. Plummer, L. C. Bishop, C. W. Marean, C. A. Tryon.. New perspectives on middle Pleistocene change in the large mammal faunas of East Africa: Damaliscus hypsodon sp. nov. (Mammalia, Artiodactyla) from Lainyamok, Kenya.. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2012).

  6. Kyle S. Brown, Curtis W. Marean, Zenobia Jacobs, Benjamin J. Schoville, Simen Oestmo, Erich C. Fisher, Jocelyn Bernatchez, Panagiotis Karkanas, and Thalassa Matthews.. An Early and Enduring Advanced Technology Originating 71,000 Years Ago in South Africa.. Nature (2012).

  7. Rosa Albert and C.W. Marean.. The Exploitation Of Plant Resources By Early Homo Sapiens: The Phytolith Record From Pinnacle Point 13B Cave, South Africa.. International Journal of Geoarchaeology (2012).

  8. J. A. Bernatchez and C.W. Marean. Total Station Archaeology and the Use of Digital Photography. SAA Archaeological Record (2011).

  9. Matthews, T., Rector, A., Jacobs, Z., Herries, A.I.R., Marean, C.W. 2011. Environmental implications of micromammals accumulated close to the MIS 6 to MIS 5 transition at Pinnacle Point Cave 9 (Mossel Bay, Western Cape Province, South Africa). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2011).

  10. Zenobia Jacobs, Richard G. Roberts, Panagiotis Karkanas, Curtis W. Marean, David L. Roberts. Development of the SAR TT-OSL Procedure for Dating of Middle Pleistocene Beach and Dune Deposits along the Southern Cape Coast of South Africa. Quaternary Geochronology (2011).

  11. Book chapter: Curtis W. Marean. Coastal South Africa and the co-evolution of the modern human lineage and coastal adaptations. Trekking the Shore: Changing Coastlines and the Antiquity of Coastal Settlement. Springer (2011).

  12. Antonieta Jerardino & Curtis W. Marean. Shellfish gathering, marine palaeoecology and modern human behavior: perspectives from Cave PP13b, Pinnacle Point, South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution (2010).

  13. C.W. Marean. When the sea saved humanity. Scientific American (2010).

  14. Curtis W. Marean. Pinnacle Point Cave 13B (Western Cape Province, South Africa) in context: The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, and Modern Human Origins. Journal of Human Evolution (2010).

  15. Curtis W. Marean, Miryam Bar-Matthews, Erich Fisher, Paul Goldberg, Andy Herries, Panagiotis Karkanas, Peter J. Nilssen, and Erin Thompson. The stratigraphy of the Middle Stone Age sediments at Pinnacle Point Cave 13B (Mossel Bay, Western Cape Province, South Africa). Journal of Human Evolution (2010).

  16. Erich C. Fisher, Miryam Bar-Mathews, Antonieta Jerardino, and Curtis W. Marean. Middle and Late Pleistocene Paleoscape Modeling along the Southern Coast of South Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews (2010).

  17. Miryam Bar-Matthews, Curtis W. Marean, Zenobia Jacobs, Panagiotis Karkanas, Erich C. Fisher, Andy I.R. Herries, Kyle Brown, Hope M. Williams, Jocelyn Bernatchez, Avner Ayalon, and Peter J. Nilssen. A high resolution and continuous isotopic speleothem record of paleoclimate and paleoenvironment from 90-53 ka from Pinnacle Point on the south coast of South Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews (2010).

  18. Shannon P. McPherron, Zeresenay Alemseged, Curtis W. Marean, Jonathan G. Wynn, Denne´ Reed, Denis Geraads, Rene´ Bobe and Hamdallah A. Be´arat. Evidence for stone-tool-assisted consumption of animal tissues before 3.39 million years ago at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature (2010).

  19. The Middle Stone Age at Pinnacle Point Cave 13B, South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution (2010).

  20. J. E. Scott and C. W. Marean. Paleolithic hominin remains from Eshkaft-e Gavi (southern Zagros Mountains,Iran): description, affinities, and evidence for butchery. Journal of Human Evolution (2009).

  21. J.C. Thompson and C.W. Marean. Using image analysis to quantify relative degrees of density-mediated attrition in Middle Stone Age archaeofaunas. Society of Archaeological Science Bulletin (2009).

  22. K. S. Brown, C. W. Marean, A. I. R. Herries, Zenobia Jacobs, C. Tribolo, D. Braun, D. L. Roberts, M. C. Meyer, and J. Bernatchez. Fire as an Engineering Tool of Early Modern Humans. Science (2009).

  23. T. Matthews, C.W. Marean and P.J. Nilssen. Micromammals from the Middle Stone Age (92 000 – 167 000 ka) at Cave PP13B, Pinnacle Point, south coast, South Africa. Paleontologia Africana (2009).

  24. Catherine Bird, Tom Minichillo, Curtis Marean. Edge damage distribution at the assemblage level on Middle Stone Age lithics: an image-based GIS approach. Journal of Archaeological Science (2007).

  25. Curtis Marean, N. Mercier, T. Minichillo, P. Nilssen, E. Thompson, C. Tribolo, H. Valladas, I. Watts, H. Williams, M. Bar-Matthews, J. Bernatchez, E. Fisher, P. Goldberg, A. Herries, Z. Jacobs, A. Jerardino, P. Karkanas. Early human use of marine resources and pigment in South Africa during the Middle Pleistocene. Nature (2007).

  26. Harold Dibble, Curtis Marean, Shannon McPherron. The use of barcodes in excavation projects. SAA Archaeological Record (2007).

  27. J Faith, Curtis Marean, Anna Behrensmeyer. Carnivore Competition, Bone Destruction, and Bone Density. Journal of Archaeological Science (2007).

  28. Marean, Curtis, Bar-Matthews, M., Fisher, E., Goldberg, P., Herries, A., Jacobs, Z., Karkanas, P., Nilssen, P.. Cave life history at Pinnacle Point (Mossel Bay, South Africa): Its implications for climate, environment, and human occupation over the last 400,000 years. Quaternary International (2007).

  29. Marean, Curtis, Herries, A., Fisher, E., Marean, Curtis, Bar-Matthews, M., Goldberg, P., Jacobs, Z., Karkanas, P., Tribolo, C.. Multi-dimensional modelling of magnetic mineralogy to detect anthropogenic alteration of Middle Stone Age sediments at Cave 13B, Pinnacle Point, Western Cape, South Africa. Quaternary International (2007).

  30. Marean, Curtis, Jacobs, Zenobia. A punctuated presence: the influence of palaeoenvironmental factors on human occupation at Pinnacle Point, South Africa. Quanterary International (2007).

  31. Matthews, T., Marean, Curtis, Roberts, D., Fisher, E., Bernatchez, J.. Modern owl pellets and small carnivore scat collections as analogues for the interpretation of fossil micromammal assemblages along the southern coast of South Africa. Quaternary International (2007).

  32. Roberts, D., Jacobs, Z., Karkanas, P., Marean, Curtis. Onshore expression of orbitally driven Late Quaternary marine incursions on the ultra-stable southern South African coast. Quaternary International (2007).

  33. Book chapter: C.W. Marean. Heading North: An Africanist Perspective on the Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans.. Rethinking the Human Revolution. McDonald Archaeological Institute (2007).

  34. Book chapter: N. Cleghorn and C. W. Marean. The destruction of human-discarded bone by carnivores: the growth of a general model for bone survival and destruction in zooarchaeological assemblages. African Taphonomy: A Tribute to the Career of C.K. "Bob" Brain. Stone Age Press, Bloomington (2007).

  35. C.W. Marean, M. Bar-Matthews, P.J. Nilssen, E.C. Fisher, A. Herries, P. Karkanas. Paleoclimatic context of the origins of modern humans in South Africa: Based on speleothem isotopic records. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2006).

  36. William Banks, Curtis Marean, María-Fernanda Sánchez-Goñi, Barbara Wohlfarth, Francesco d'Errico, Harold Dibble, Leonard Krishtalka, Dixie West, David Anderson, A Peterson, Michel Crucifix, J Gillam. Old Questions, New Tools: Exploring the Potential of Eco-Cultural Niche Modelling for Reconstructing the Geography and Ecology of Past Human Populations. Journal of Paleoanthropology (2006).

  37. Book chapter: Cleghorn, N (Author) ,Marean, Curtis William (Author) . The destruction of human-discarded bone by carnivores: the growth of a general model for bone survival and destruction in zooarchaeological assemblages. African Taphonomy: A Tribute to the Career of C.K. "Bob" Brain. Stone Age Press (2006).

  38. Book chapter: Henshilwood, C S (Author) ,Marean, Curtis William (Author) . Remodeling the origins of modern human behaviour. Human Genome and Africa Part One: History and Archaeology. Human Sciences Research Council (2006).

  39. Book chapter: Henshilwood, C S (Author) ,Marean, Curtis William (Author) . Remodeling the origins of modern human behaviour. The Prehistory of Africa. Jonathan Ball Publishers (2006).

  40. Book chapter: Peters, C (Author) ,Blumenschine, R (Author) ,Andrews, P (Author) ,Armour-Chelu, M (Author) ,Bernor, R (Author) ,Bonnefille, R (Author) ,Marean, Curtis William (Author) . Paleoecology - landscape evolution, origins of biodiversity, climate change. Serengeti III: Humans in Complex Ecosystem Processes and the Conservation of Biodiversity. University of Chicago Press (2006).

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Presentations

  1. Curtis W. Marean Survivors On the Edge of Land and Sea: Using a Trans-disciplinary Approach to Develop the Paleoscape of Early Modern Humans. Annual Meeting of the Australian Archaeology Association, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. (Dec 2012).
  2. Curtis W. Marean Early Modern Humans on the Edge of Land and Sea: Pinnacle Point’s Contribution to Our Understanding of How Humans Became Unique. Department of Anthropology Speaker Series, George Washington University. (Nov 2012).
  3. Curtis W. Marean Survivors on the Edge of Land and Sea: Modern Human Origins and How Coastal Life Helped Make Us Unique. Annual Frison Institute Lecture, University of Wyoming. (Sep 2012).
  4. H. C. Cawthra, C. W. Marean, E. C. Fisher and J. S. Compton Marine geophysics and geological modelling of offshore Late Quaternary palaeoshorelines in the southern Cape, South Africa.. Meetings of the South African Society for Quaternary Research, Gobabeb, Namibia. (Sep 2012).
  5. Cawthra, H. C., Marean, C. W., Fisher, E. C., Compton, J. S. The application of marine geophysics to understanding late Quaternary palaeoenvironments and early modern human dispersal in the southern Cape, South Africa. 34th International Geological Congress (IGC), Brisbane, Australia. (Aug 2012).
  6. Curtis W. Marean Survivors on the Edge of Land and Sea: Modern Human Origins and How Coastal Life Helped Make Us Unique. STIAS Lecture Series, University of Stellenbosch. (Jun 2012).
  7. Herries, A.I.R., Pickering, R., Karkanas, P., Kappan, P., Jacobs, Z., Bar Matthews, M., Fisher, E., Marean, C.W. The direct U-Pb dating of geomagnetic reversals and excursions in speleothem from Pinnacle Point, South Africa. Magnetic Relaxations Conference, University of Liverpool. (Jan 2012).
  8. K. Braun, M. Bar-Matthews, A. Ayalon, Curtis W. Marean, G. Avery, A. I. R. Herries, R. Zahn, and A. Matthews Comparison of different South African precipitation regimes using speleothem stable isotopes compositions. Climate Change – The Karst Record 6. (Jun 2011).
  9. Curtis W. Marean The significance of the Cape’s coastal and terrestrial ecosystem diversity for the origins, and cultivation of the human lineage. Fynbos Forum. (Jun 2011).
  10. Curtis W. Marean Co-evolution of early modern humans and the coastal adaptation in South Africa. National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series. (May 2011).
  11. Jessica C. Thompson, Sarah W. Lansing, Curtis W. Marean, Shannon P. McPherron, Zeresenay Alemseged Experimental definition of bone surface signatures from natural unmodified stones and implications for early hominin subsistence. Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Apr 2011).
  12. Amy Rector and Curtis W. Marean Community paleoecology and habitat variability during Middle Stone Age occupation of the Cape Floral Region, South Africa. Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Apr 2011).
  13. Kyle S. Brown, Curtis W. Marean, Zenobia Jacobs, Jocelyn Bernatchez, Panagiotis Karkanas, Simen Oestmo, Benjamin Schoville A Pre-Howiesons Poort small backed blade MSA occurrence at Pinnacle Point. Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Apr 2011).
  14. Curtis W. Marean Coastal South Africa and the co-evolution of the modern human lineage and the coastal adaptation. 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology. (Apr 2011).
  15. Curtis W. Marean Co-evolution of Early Modern Humans and the Coastal Adaptation in South Africa. Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture, University of Texas at Arlington. (Mar 2011).
  16. Curtis W. Marean Pinnacle Point in Context: The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, And Modern Human Origins. Langebaanweg 2010. (Nov 2010).
  17. C. Fisher, M. Bar-Mathews, A. Jerardino, and C. W. Marean Middle and Late Pleistocene Paleoscape Modeling along the Southern Coast of South Africa. The Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Apr 2010).
  18. K.S. Brown and C. W. Marean Wood fuel availability for heat treatment drives the rise and fall of silcrete as a raw material in the Middle Stone Age of South Africa. The Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Apr 2010).
  19. Curtis W. Marean The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, and Modern Human Origins. Annual Distinguished Lecture in African Archaeology and Paleoanthropology, African Studies Program a. (Apr 2010).
  20. C.W. Marean The African Evidence for the Origins of Modern Humans: A Research Problem in Need of a Trans-disciplinary Approach. Geological Survey of Israel Lecture Series, Jerusalem, Israel, 5 November, 2009. (Nov 2009).
  21. C.W. Marean The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, and Modern Human Origins. Department of Geology Lecture Series, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 8 November, 2009. (Nov 2009).
  22. C.W. Marean The South African Evidence for Modern Human Origins. Department of Prehistory Lecture Series, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 10 November, 2009. (Nov 2009).
  23. C.W. Marean The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, and Modern Human Origins. University of Minnesota Quaternary Science Speaker Series, University of Minnesota, 7 October, 2009. (Oct 2009).
  24. C.W. Marean The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, and Modern Human Origins. CALPE 2009: Human Evolution 200 Years After Darwin. Gibraltar, 16-20 September. (Sep 2009).
  25. M. Bar-Matthews, C.W. Marean, Z. Jacobs, P. Karkanas, E.C. Fisher, A.I.R. Herries, K. Brown, H. M. Williams, J. Bernatchez, A. Ayalon, and P.J. Nilssen A high resolution speleothem record of variable climate and environment 90-53,000 years ago from Pinnacle Point (south coast South Africa) and bearing on modern human origins and floral diversity. Bi-annual meeting of the South African Society for Quaternary Research. Knysna, South Africa. (Sep 2009).
  26. K. S. Brown, J. Bernatchez, C.W. Marean A.I.R. Herries, Z. Jacobs, M. Bar-Matthews, Erich Fisher, H.M. Williams An Archaeological Sequence from MIS 3-5: The Middle Stone Age at Pinnacle Point Site 5-6. Bi-annual meeting of the South African Society for Quaternary Research. Knysna, South Africa. (Sep 2009).
  27. E.C. Fisher, M. Bar-Mathews, A. Jerardino, and C.W. Marean Middle and Late Pleistocene Paleoscape Modeling along the Southern Coast of South Africa. Bi-annual meeting of the South African Society for Quaternary Research. Knysna, South Africa. (Sep 2009).
  28. C.W. Marean Pinnacle Point In Context: The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, And Modern Human Origins. Bi-annual meeting of the South African Society for Quaternary Research. Knysna, South Africa. (Sep 2009).
  29. Herries, A.I.R., Adams, J., Braun, D., Brink, J., Brown, K., Marean, C., Roberts, D., Warr, G. Palaeomagnetism through space and time in Africa; analysis of the Langebaanweg, Makapansgat, Hoogland, FwJj20, Cornelia and Pinnacle Point fossil and hominid sites. 12th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS 2009). (Jun 2009).
  30. S.W. Lansing, A.L. Rector, K.E. Reed, J.A. Lee-Thorp, C.W. Marean Taphonomic, taxonomic, and isotopic analyses of a Marine Isotope Stage 6 Carnivore Den from Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay, South Africa. The Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Mar 2009).
  31. C.W. Marean The Cape Floral Kingdom, Shellfish, and Modern Human Origins: Transdisciplinary Problems require Transdisciplinary Projects. Gustavus Adolphus College Rydell Professorship Lecture. (Mar 2009).
  32. C.W. Marean The African Origins of Modern Human Behavior. Minnesota Science Center Lecture Series, St. Paul, Minnesota. (Mar 2009).
  33. C.W. Marean The African Origins of Modern Human Behavior. Nobel Conference 44. (Oct 2008).
  34. C.W. Marean Fynbos, Shellfish, and Modern Human Origins. Department of Geology, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. (Apr 2008).
  35. Thompson, E. N. and Marean, C. W. Cape St. Blaize Cave and the use of the term "Mossel Bay" in Middle Stone Age Studies. 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology: New Views on Ancient Africa. (Mar 2008).
  36. Marean, C. W., Bar-Matthews, M., Fisher, E., Goldberg, P., Herries, A. I. R., Jacobs, Z., Jerardino, A., Karkanas, P. and Nilssen, P. J. The life history of Pinnacle Point Cave 13B (Mossel Bay, South Africa): Setting the context for human occupation. 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. New Views on Ancient Africa. (Mar 2008).
  37. Marean, C. W., Bar-Matthews, M., Bernatchez, J., Fisher, E., Goldberg, P., Herries, A. I., Jacobs, Z., Jerardino, A., Karkanas, P., Minichillo, T., Nilssen, P. J., Rector, A., Reed, K., Thompson, E. N., Thompson, J. C., Watts, I. and Williams, H. M. Human use of marine resources, pigments, and bladelets at Pinnacle Point Site 13B (South Africa) during the Middle and Later Pleistocene. The Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Mar 2008).
  38. Jerardino, A. and Marean, C. W. Shellfish gathering and marine paleoecology during the Middle and Late Pleistocene: perspectives from Cave 13B, Pinnacle Point, South Africa. 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. New Views on Ancient Africa. (Mar 2008).
  39. Brown, K., Marean, C. W., Herries, A. I. R., Braun, D., Tribilo, C., Roberts, D. L. and Jacobs, Z. First Documentation of Heat Treatment of Silcrete in the Howieson's Poort and Still Bay Middle Stone Age Industries, Southern Cape, South Africa.. The Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Mar 2008).
  40. Bernatchez, J., Brown, K., Marean, C. W., Jacobs, Z., Rector, A. and Williams, H. M. A Continuous Archaeological Sequence from MIS 3 to 5: Preliminary Results from the Middle Stone Age Deposits at Pinnacle Point Site 5-6, Mossel Bay, Southern Cape, South Africa. The Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Mar 2008).

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  1. Marean,Curtis William * . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Impacts of Climate Change on Homo Sapiens Diet and Technology in Coastal Morocco. NSF-SBE (12/15/2012 - 11/30/2013).
  2. Marean,Curtis William * , Franklin,Janet , Hill,Kim Ronald , . IPG - Developing and Testing an Integrated Paleoscape Model for the Early Middle and Late Pleistocene of the South Coast of South Africa. NSF-ENG-BCS (9/15/2011 - 8/31/2016).
  3. Marean,Curtis William * . Reconnaissance for coastal Stone Age Archaeological Sites within Pondoland, Eastern Cape, South Africa. NATL GEOGRAPHIC SOC (8/1/2011 - 3/31/2012).
  4. Marean,Curtis William * . Follow the Coast: Marine Geophysical Study of Early Human Use of the Continental Shelf of the South Coast South Africa. NATL GEOGRAPHIC SOC (2/1/2011 - 1/31/2013).
  5. Marean,Curtis William * . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement: The role of ochre in the development of modern human behavior: A case study from South Africa. NSF-SBE (8/1/2010 - 7/31/2012).
  6. Marean,Curtis William * Reed,Kaye E . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Tracking climate-driven changes in Neandertal subsistence behaviors and prey migration patterns. NSF-SBE (9/1/2009 - 8/31/2010).
  7. Marean,Curtis William * . DDIG: Zooarchaeological Tests for Modern Human Behavior at Blombos Cave and Pinnacle Point Cave 13B, Southwestern Cape, South Africa. NSF-SBE (5/1/2006 - 4/30/2007).
  8. Marean,Curtis William * . Paleoclimatic and Paleoenvironmental Context of the Origins of Modern Humans in South Africa: Constructing a Detailed Record From 400,000-30,000 Years. NSF-SBE (9/1/2005 - 8/31/2011).
  9. Marean,Curtis William * . EXCAVATIONS AT CAVE 13B PINNACLE POINT AT MOSSEL BAY, SOUTH AFRICA FAUNAL EXPLOITATION RAW MATERIAL PROCUREMENT, AND ORGANIZATION OF.... NSF-SBE (7/1/2002 - 6/30/2006).

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Service

  1. Archaeometry, 1 paper reviewed (2013 - present)
  2. International and National Media Coverage for our paper in Nature, commentator (2012 - present)
  3. Evolutionary Anthropology, 2 papers reviewed (2012 - present)
  4. Journal of Archaeological Science, 1 paper reviewed (2012 - present)
  5. National Geographic, 2 proposals reviewed (2012 - present)
  6. PLOS, 1 paper reviewed (2012 - present)
  7. PaleoAnthropology, 1 paper reviewed (2012 - present)
  8. Quaternary Research, 7 papers reviewed (2012 - present)
  9. Science, 1 paper reviewed (2012 - present)
  10. Mossel Bay "People and the Cape Discovery Center", lead scientist (2011 - present)
  11. Mossel Bay "People and the Cape Discovery Center", lead scientist (2011 - present)
  12. South African Modern Human Origins World Heritage Site, leading scientist (2011 - present)
  13. South African Modern Human Origins World Heritage Site, leading scientist (2011 - present)
  14. SHESC Research Committee, chair (2011 - present)
  15. Evolutionary Anthropology, editorial board (2011 - present)
  16. Evolutionary Anthropology, editorial board (2011 - present)
  17. Quaternary Research, associate editor (2007 - present)
  18. Quaternary Research, associate editor (2007 - present)
  19. Insitute of Human Origins, associate director (2006 - present)
  20. Insitute of Human Origins, associate director (2006 - present)
  21. SHESC Ruppe Prize Committee, chair (2005 - present)
  22. SHESC Ruppe Prize Committee, chair (2005 - present)
  23. Learner's Archaeology Day, Sponser (2005 - present)
  24. Learner's Archaeology Day, Sponser (2005 - present)
  25. Journal of PaleoAnthropology, editorial board (2001 - present)
  26. International Journal of Geoarchaeology, editorial board (1999 - present)
  27. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 1 paper reviewed (2013)
  28. Journal of Human Evolution, 2 papers reviewed (2013)
  29. Public Talks - 6, Speaker (2013)
  30. Quaternary Research, 6 papers reviewed (2013)
  31. Current Anthropology, 1 paper reviewed (2013)
  32. Geoarchaeology, 2 papers reviewed (2013)
  33. Quaternary Science Reviews, 1 paper reviewed (2013)
  34. Archaeology Long Term Plan Committee, Chair (2013)
  35. Evolutionary Anthropology, 1 paper reviewed (2013)
  36. PNAS, 1 paper reviewed (2013)
  37. SHESC Research Committee, chair (2011 - 2013)
  38. Journal of Archaeological Science, 1 paper reviewed (2013)
  39. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), 1 proposal reviewd (2013)
  40. National Science Foundation, 1 proposal reviewd (2013)

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