Rob in Indonesia

Contact Rob:

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology and
Center for Human Evolutionary Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
131 George Street, RAB 306
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1414

848-932-9395 phone
732-932-1564 fax
robertsc@rutgers.edu

Research

My research program involves questions about the influence of diet and dietary change in human evolution. These questions can be divided into three intersecting areas: 1) the influence of habitat and ecology on diet and selection pressures in human evolution, 2) dietary reconstructions in human evolution, and 3) adaptation related to diet. These areas are all fundamental to the discipline of anthropology - exploring both the characteristics of our own species and our close fossil relatives as well as issues of human variation. The central theme of my research (past and future) then is the evolution of hominid diet, which I consider the second most important topic in human evolution (sex is arguably more important).