Margaret J. Schoeninger

University of California, San Diego

Margaret J. Schoeninger is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) at UC San Diego, as well as a research archaeologist in the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University. She has done fieldwork in North America, Mexico, Pakistan, India, Kenya, and Tanzania as well as laboratory research on carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen stable isotope ratio analysis in biological tissues and food component analysis of traditional foods. Her major interest is in the evolution of human diet, particularly as it informs our understanding of the appearance and evolution of the human lineage. She received her BA from the University of Florida, her MA from the University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has held positions at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin.