Torben Rick

Photo of Torben Rick Curator and Research Scientist
Smithsonian Institution
10th and Constitution Avenue
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, District of Columbia 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-1890

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Zooarchaeology, coastal archaeology, human-environmental interactions

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Biographical Sketch

Torben Rick is Curator of Human Environmental Interactions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Rick’s research focuses on the archaeology and historical ecology of coastal and island peoples, especially on the North American Pacific and Atlantic coasts. He has active field projects on California’s Channel Islands and the Chesapeake Bay, which are collaborative with researchers from a variety of disciplines (anthropology, biology, ecology, etc.) and focus on ancient and modern human environmental interactions.


  • Ph.D.    2004     University of Oregon, Department of Anthropology
  • M.S.      1999     University of Oregon, Department of Anthropology
  • B.A.      1997     University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Anthropology

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