Senate Faculty

Eréndira Quintana Morales
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Anthropology Department
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  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 1, 309
    • 449
  • Mail Stop Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Anthropology, Archaeology, Animal-Human Relationships, Climate Change, Fisheries, Subsaharan Africa
  • Courses ANTH 170 History of Archaeological Theory; ANTH 175 African Archaeology; ANTH 177 Environmental Archaeology; ANTH 184/284 Zooarchaeology; ANTH 185 Osteology of Mammals, Birds, and Fish; ANTH 194V Who Owns the Past?; ANTH 287 Archaeology of Foodways

Biography, Education and Training


Eréndira M. Quintana Morales is an archaeologist whose research program integrates various anthropological research themes, including the historical ecology of coastal environments, the role of foodways in social identity and interaction, and the application of archaeology towards the conservation of coastal biodiversity and livelihoods. She combines zooarchaeological and community-based research approaches to investigate the social and ecological impacts of human interactions with the rich biodiversity of coastal areas in eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. Her research provides a long-term perspective on African foodways and human-environment interactions that contributes to developing and implementing community-centered policy in the context of biodiversity conservation and sustainability.



Selected Publications


A complete publication list is available on my Google Scholar Profile.


2022        Quintana Morales, E.M., O.E. Craig, M.E Prendergast, S. Walshaw, C. Cartaciano, O. Mwebi, E. Nguta, V. Onduso, J. Fleisher, and S. Wynne-Jones. Diet, economy, and culinary practices at the height of precolonial Swahili urbanism. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 66 (101406).


2022        Welker, M. and E.M. Quintana Morales. The North Atlantic Cod Trade: A Meta-Analysis of the North American and European Archaeological Records. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.


2022        Yu, H., Jamieson, A., Hulme-Beaman, A., Conroy, C. J., Knight, B., Speller, C., Al-Jarah, H., Eager, H., Trinks, A., Adikari, G., Baron, H., Böhlendorf-Arslan, B., Bohingamuwa, W., Crowther, A., Cucchi, T., Esser, K., Fleisher, J., Gidney, L., Gladilina, E., ... Quintana Morales, E.M., … Orton, D. (2021). Palaeogenomic analysis of black rat (Rattus rattus) reveals multiple European introductions associated with human economic history. Nature Communications 13 (2399).


2021        Faulkner, P., J.M. Miller, E.M. Quintana Morales, A. Crowther, C. Shipton, E. Ndiema, N. Boivin, M. Petraglia. 67,000 years of coastal engagement at Panga ya Saidi, eastern Africa. PLOS ONE 16 (8).


2019        Douglass, K., E. Quintana Morales, G. Manahira, F. Fenomanana, R. Samba, F. Lahiniriko,

Z. M. Chrisostome, V. Vavisoa, P. Soafiavy, R. Justome, H. Leonce, L. Hubertine, B.V. Pierre, C. Tahirisoa, C.S. Colomb, F.S. Lovanirina, V. Andriankaja and R. Robison. Toward a just and inclusive environmental archaeology of southwest Madagascar. Journal of Social Archaeology.


2019        Buckley, S.M., T. McClanahan, E.M. Quintana Morales, V. Mwakha, J. Nyanapah, L. Otwoma, and J.M. Pandolfi. Historical reconstruction of species occurrence to prioritize conservation of fish species in diverse marine ecosystems. PLOS ONE 14 (2).


2019        Douglass, K., J. Walz, E.M. Quintana Morales, R. Marcus, G. Meyers, J. Pollini. Historical perspectives on contemporary human–environment dynamics in southeast Africa. Conservation Biology 33 (2), 260-274.


2018        Douglass, K., A. Antonites, E. Quintana Morales, A. Grealy, M. Bunce, C. Bruwer, and C. Gough. Multi-analytical approach to zooarchaeological assemblages elucidates Late Holocene coastal lifeways in southwest Madagascar. Quaternary International 471: 111-131.


2017        Quintana Morales, E.M. D. Lepofsky, F. Berkes. Ethnobiology and fisheries: Learning from the past for the present. Special Section on the Ethnobiology of Fisheries. Journal of Ethnobiology 37 (3): 369-379.


2017        Quintana Morales, E.M. and M.E. Prendergast. Animals and their uses in the Swahili world. In The Swahili World. S. Wynne-Jones and A. LaViolette, editors. London: Routledge.


2017     Prendergast, M.E., E.M. Quintana Morales, A. Crowther, M.C. Horton, and N.L. Boivin. Dietary diversity on the Swahili coast: the fauna from two Zanzibar trading locales. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 27 (4): 621-637.