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Angelo Orona, PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Department Chair
(619) 260-4008

Office: Serra Hall 208

Office Hours: MW: 2:15-4:15pm, TR: 2:00-3:00pm; and by appointment.

Angelo Orona, PhD, focuses his field research on Creole island fisherman of Venezuela. His main area of interest is the ethnology of South American cultures.

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Jerome Hall, PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology
(619) 260-7865

Office: Serra Hall 218

Office Hours: MW: 11:30am-2:15pm,1:30pm-4:00pm

Before coming to USD, Jerome Hall, PhD, was the underwater archaeologist for Puerto Rico and president of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.  His current research projects include the excavation of a 17th-century northern European merchant shipwreck off the north coast of the Dominican Republic, as well as the documentation and publication of a 1st-century boat recovered from the Sea of Galilee.

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 Jennifer Parkinson

Jennifer Parkinson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
(619) 260-7838

Office: Serra Hall, Room 222

Office Hours: TR: 11:00-12:00pm, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Dr. Jennifer Parkinson is a zooarchaeologist and paleoanthropologist interested in the archaeological record related to human diet and evolution. Her research is focused on the behavioral ecology of Plio-Pleistocene hominins in East Africa. Specifically, her work has examined the importance of meat in the diet of early genus Homo. She is also interested in taphonomy and has conducted experimental modeling of carnivore and hominin bone surface damage. She is a member of the Homa Peninsula Paleoanthropological Project, and conducts fieldwork in Kenya and Uganda. Before coming to USD, Dr. Parkinson held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of South Carolina. She is also currently a Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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