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Sabrina Curran

Sabrina Curran, portrait
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Bentley Annex 137

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Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2009

B.A., Arizona State University, 2001

Research & Specialization

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Paleoecology
  • Ecomorphology
  • Shape Analysis
  • Taphonomy
  • Artiodactyla
  • Eastern Europe (Romania)
  • Eastern Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia)

Selected Publications

2021 Curran, S., Terhune, C., Dragusin, V., Fox, D.L., Garrett, N., Ironside, L.B., Petculescu, A., Pobiner, B., Robinson, C., Robu, M., and Ungar, P. Multiproxy paleoenvironmental reconstruction of early Pleistocene sites from the Olteţ River Valley of Romania. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 574: 110445 (July 2021).

2020 Terhune, C., Curran, S., Croitor, R., Drăgușin, V., Gaudin, T., Petculescu, A., Robinson, C., Robu, M., and Werdelin, L. Early Pleistocene fauna of the Olteţ River Valley of Romania: Biochronological and biogeographic implications. Quaternary International 553: 14-33.

2018 Curran, S. Three-Dimensional Geometric Morphometrics in Paleoecology. In Latest Methods in Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities (Croft, D.A., Su, D.F., Simpson, S.W., Eds), Springer, pp. 319-337.

2016 Curran, S. and Haile-Selassie, Y. Paleoecological Reconstruction of Hominin-bearing Middle Pliocene Localities at Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia. The Journal of Human Evolution 96: 97-112.

2016 Patton, P.E. and Curran, S. Late Archaic Period Plant Domestication in the Northern Ohio Valley: Archaeobotonical Remains from the County Home Site (33AT40), Southern Ohio. Mid-Continental Journal of Archaeology 41: 127-158.

2015 Curran, S. Examining Eucladoceros Ecomorphology using Geometric Morphometrics. Anatomical Record 298: 291-313.

2012 Curran, S. Expanding ecomorphological methods: geometric morphometric analysis of Cervidae post-crania. Journal of Archaeological Science 39: 1172-1182.

2012 Ungar, P. S., Scott, J. R., Curran, S., Dunsworth, H., Harcourt-Smith, W., Lehmann, T., Manthi, F., and McNulty, K. Early Neogene environments in East Africa: Evidence from dental microwear of tragulids. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 342-343: 84-96.

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 2010: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 3730: Perspectives in Anthropology (Human Variation, Controversies in Human Evolution)
  • ANTH 4960: Human Diversity
  • ANTH 4730: Human Evolution
  • ANTH 4740: Zooarchaeology
  • ANTH 4940: Seminar in Biological Anthropology (Research Methods)