Eréndira M. Quintana Morales

Professor 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 policy in the context of biodiversity conservation and community development.

Selected Publications

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 (2019) Toward a just and inclusive environmental archaeology of southwest Madagascar. Journal of Social Archaeology.

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

Douglass, K., J. Walz, E.M. Quintana Morales, R. Marcus, G. Meyers, J. Pollini (2019) Contemporary Human-Environment Dynamics and Concerns in Historical Perspective in Island and Coastal Southeast Africa. Conservation Biology 33 (2), 260-274.

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

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

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

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

Armstrong, C.G., A.C. Shoemaker, I. McKechnie, A. Ekblom, P. Szabó, P.J. Lane, A. McAlvay, O.J. Boles, S. Walshaw, N. Petek, K.S. Gibbons, E. Quintana Morales, et al. (2017) Anthropological contributions to historical ecology: 50 questions, infinite prospects. PLOS ONE 12 (2).

Prendergast, M.E., M. Buckley, A. Crowther, L. Frantz, H. Eager, O. Lebrasseur, R. Hutterer, A. Hulme-Beaman, W. Van Neer, K. Douka, M. Veall, E.M. Quintana Morales, et al. (2017) Reconstructing Asian faunal introductions to Eastern Africa from multi-proxy biomolecular and archaeological datasets. PLOS ONE 12 (8).

Crowther, A., P. Faulkner, M. Prendergast, E.M. Quintana Morales, M. Horton, E. Wilmsen, A.M. Kotarba-Morley, A. Christie, N. Petek, R. Tibesasa, K. Douka, L. Picornell- Gelabart, X. Carah, and N. Boivin (2016) Coastal subsistence, island colonization and maritime population dispersal in eastern African prehistory. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 11 (2): 211-237.

Fleisher, J., P. Lane, A. LaViolette, M. Horton, E. Pollard, E. Quintana Morales, T. Vernet, A. Christie, and S. Wynne-Jones (2015) When did the Swahili become maritime? American Anthropologist 117 (1): 100-115.

Quintana Morales, E.M. and M. Horton (2014) Fishing and fish consumption in the Swahili Communities of East Africa, 700 – 1400 CE. ‘Human Exploitation of Aquatic Landscapes’ special issue, R. Fernandes and J. Meadows, editors. Internet Archaeology 37.



Erendira Quintana Morales

Assistant Professor
Stevens Building Room 273

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Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday
2-3:30 p.m.

2020 Spring Course Schedule

ANTH 410/510 ENVS 450
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1-1:50 p.m.
Stevens Building 186


Ph.D., University of Bristol, 2013

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