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Quinn, Rhonda

Position: Research Associate
Phone: (973) 761-9211
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Rhonda Quinn studies the interaction of modern and extinct humans with the environment. Her primary research focuses on reconstructing selective pressures of Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution in eastern Africa. She integrates stable isotopic systems with sedimentology and stratigraphy to elucidate hominin adaptations to environmental and climatic change. Quinn also examines resource use and mobility of anatomically modern human groups in coastal and island settings, employing bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology and stable isotopic analysis. She has conducted fieldwork in the Turkana Basin of northern Kenya, along the Solo River of Java, on Pacific Islands, in the Yucatan Peninsula and in her own backyard, Florida.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Certificate in Quaternary Studies, Rutgers University, 2006
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 1999
  • B.S., Geological Sciences, University of Florida, 1997
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 1996


  • Quinn RL (2015) Influence of Plio-Pleistocene basin hydrology on the Turkana hominin enamel carbonate δ18O values. Journal of Human Evolution 86: 13-31. 
  • Harmand S, Lewis JE, Feibel CS, Lepre CJ, Prat S, Lenoble A, Boës X, Quinn RL, Brenet M, Clément S, Daver G, Brugal J-P, Leakey L, Kent DV, Mortlock RA, Wright JD, Roche H (2015). Before the Oldowan: 3.3 Ma Stone Tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya. Nature 521: 310-315.
  • Jones S, Walsh-Haney H, Quinn RL (2015) Kana Tamata or Feasts of Men: Interdisciplinary approach for identifying type and cause of cannibalism in prehistoric Fijians. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology DOI: 10.1002/oa.2269
  • Quinn RL, Lepre CJ, Feibel CS, Wright JD, Mortlock RA, Harmand S, Brugal J-P, Roche H (2013) Pedogenic carbonate stable isotopic evidence for wooded habitat preference of early Pleistocene tool makers in the Turkana Basin. Journal of Human Evolution 65: 65-78.
  • Lepre CJ, Roche H, Kent D, Harmond S, Quinn RL, Brugal JP, Texier PJ, Lenoble A, Feibel CS (2011) An earlier origin for the Acheulian. Nature 477: 82-85.
  • Jones S, Quinn RL (2009) Prehistoric Fijian diet and subsistence: integration of faunal, ethnographic, and stable isotopic evidence from the Lau Island Group. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 2742-2754.
  • Quinn RL, Tucker B, Krigbaum J (2008) Diet and mobility in middle Archaic Florida: stable isotopic and faunal evidence from the Harris Creek Archaeological Site (8Vo24), Tick Island. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 2346-2356.
  • Quinn RL, Lepre CJ, Wright JD, Feibel CS (2007) Paleogeographic variations of pedogenic carbonate δ13C values from Koobi Fora, Kenya: Implications for floral compositions of Plio-Pleistocene hominin environments. Journal of Human Evolution 53: 560-573.
  • Hodell DA, Quinn RL, Brenner M, Kamenov G (2004) Spatial variation of strontium isotopes (87Sr/86Sr) in the Maya region: a tool for tracking ancient human migration. Journal of Archaeological Science 31: 585-601.

Neitzke Adamo, Lauren C.

Position: Annuals and Adjuncts
Office: Geology Museum


  • Ph.D Student (Currently)
    Rutgers University, Graduate School of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ
    Research Focus: Paleoceanography, North Atlantic Deep Water Reconstruction
    Anticipated Graduation Date: Summer/Fall 2009
  • 2006 M.S.
    Rutgers University, Graduate School of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ
    Research Focus: Paleoceanography (Advisor: Dr. James D. Wright)
    Thesis: Late Pleistocene Sedimentation on Eirik Drift: Implications for North Atlantic  Deep Water
  • 2004 B.S. with Honors
    Rutgers University, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ
    Major: Geological Sciences with high honors
    Senior Honors Thesis: Abrupt Climate Changes in Thermohaline Circulation during the last Glacial

Research Interests

  • Paleoceanography
  • Stable Isotope Stratigraphy

Professional Organizations

  • 2007-present American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • 2006-present Union of Concerned Scientists
  • 2005-present American Geophysical Union
  • 2005-present Geological Society of America
  • 2005-present North American Micropaleontology Section

Honors and Awards

  • 2007-2008 National Science Foundation GK-12 Teaching Fellow 
  • 2007 Gretchen L. Blechschmidt Research Grant Award
  • 2007 Geological Society of America Research Grant
  • 2007 Graduate School of New Brunswick Special Study Award
  • 2006-2007 Rutgers University Graduate Fellowship
  • 2005 Rutgers University Graduate School Travel Grant Recipient
  • 2004-2005 Rutgers University Graduate Fellowship
  • 2004 Vinton Gwinn Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
  • 2002-present National Society for Collegiate Scholars

Advisor and Dissertation Committee

  • Dr. James D. Wright (Primary Advisor)
  • Dr. Kenneth G. Miller
  • Dr. Gregory G. Mountain


  • Neitzke, L.C. and J.D. Wright, 2007. Variations in Deep-Water Circulation on Eirik Drift from the Last Glacial Maximum to early Holocene. Geological Society of America, GSA 2007 Denver Annual Meeting, Vol. 39, No. 6, Paper 114-20. 
  • Wright, J.D., DiGioia, D., Neitzke, L.C., Henderson, S.S., and A.C. Elmore, 2007. Stable Isotope Stratigraphy of IODP Site U1306. Post-Expedition Meeting of IODP Expeditions 303 and 306: North Atlantic Climate I and II, Kona, Hawaii, May 14-17, 2007.
  • Wright, J.D., Henderson, S.S., Hillaire-Marcel, C., McKay, J., Neitzke, L.C., and A. de Vernal, 2007. Contrasted sedimentation regimes during the late Quaternary on South Greenland slope and rise from stable isotope stratigraphies at IODP Sites U1305 and U1306. Post-Expedition Meeting of IODP Expeditions 303 and 306: North Atlantic Climate I and II, Kona, Hawaii, May 14-17, 2007.
  • L.C. Neitzke and J.D. Wright, 2006. The Imprint of NADW on the Eirik Drift during the Younger Dryas. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, AGU 2006 Fall Meeting Supplement, Vol. 87, No. 52, Paper PP23C-1766.
  • L.C. Neitzke, Wright, J.D., and A.C. Elmore, 2006. Deep-Sea Sedimentation on Eirik Drift as Controlled by Bottom Water Currents. AAPG/SEG Student Expo, Houston, Texas, October 9-10, 2006.
  • L.C. Neitzke, Wright, J.D., Mountain, G.S., and P.L. Manley, 2005. Straddling the Eirik Drift: Implications for the History of Lower NADW. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, AGU 2005 Fall Meeting Supplement, Vol. 86, No. 52, Paper PP21C-1587.
  • A.C. Elmore, Wright, J.D., Manley, P.L., Mountain, G.S., Earley, R.J., and L.C. Neitzke, 2005. Gardar mudwave accumulation history as a proxy for variability of NCW flux since Marine Isotope Stage 5e. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, AGU 2005 Fall Meeting Supplement, Vol. 86, No. 52, Paper PP21C-1587.


  • Evans, H.F, Channell, J.E.T., Stoner, J.S., Hillaire-Marcel, C., Wright, J.D., Neitzke, L.C., and G.S. Mountain, 2007. Paleointensity-assisted chronostratigraphy of detrital layers on the Eirik Drift (North Atlantic) since marine isotope stage 11. Geochemistry, Geophysics and Geosystems, (in press).

Monteverde, Donald

Position: Research Associate/Part-Time Lecturer
Office: 236 Wright Rieman Laboratory


Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Geological Sciences, Ph.D
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, Geological Sciences, BS, MS


Geology 101 - Introductory Geology
Geology 100 - Planet Earth

Research Interests

Sequence stratigraphy of continental margins
Regional geologic relationships of New Jersey


  • Uptegrove, J., Monteverde, D.H., Whitesell, L.A., Stanford, S.D., Waldner, J.S., 2015, High-resolution seismic tracing of the transgression across the coastal interface, Brigantine, New Jersey, Geophysics, v.80, No.3, p.Wb43-WB63, doi:10.1190/GEO2014-0101.1
  • Basile, C., and Monteverde, D., 2014, Bedding attitudes as a sequence stratigraphy proxy: a case study from borehole images, Hole M28, IODP Leg 313, Geosphere, v.10, p. 207-220, doi:10.1130/GES00856.1
  • Lofi, J., Inwood, J., Proust, J.N., Monteverde, D., Loggia, D., Basile, C., Otsuka, H., Hayashi, T., Stadler, S., Mottl, M.J., Fehr, A., and Pezard, P.A., 2013, Fresh-water and salt-water distribution in passive margin sediments: insights from Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 313 on the New Jersey margin, Geosphere, v. 9, p. 1009-1024, doi:10.1130/GES00855.1
  • Miller, K.G., Browning, J.V., Mountain, G.S., Bassetti, M.A., Monteverde, D., Katz, M.E., Inwood, J., Lofi, J., and Proust, J.-N., 2013, Sequence boundaries are impedance contrasts: Core-seismic-log integration of Oligocene-Miocene sequences, New Jersey shallow shelf: Geosphere, v. 9, p. 1257-1285, doi:10.1130/GES00858.1
  • Miller, K.G., Mountain, G.S., Browning, J.V., Katz, M.E., Monteverde, D.H., Sugarman, P.J., Ando, H., Bassetti, M.A., Bjerrum, C.J., Hodgson, D., Hesselbo, S., Karakaya, S., Proust, J.-N., Rabineau, M., 2013, Testing sequence stratigraphic models by drilling Miocene foresets on the New Jersey shallow shelf: Geosphere, v. 9, p. 1236-1256, doi: 10.1130/GES00884.1
  • Katz, M.E., Browning, J.V., Miller, K.G., Monteverde, D.H., Mountain, G.S., Williams, R.H., 2013, Sequence stratigraphic interpretations from benthic foraminifera: Insights on New Jersey shelf architecture, IODP Expedition 313: Geosphere, v. 9, doi: 10.1130/GES00872.1.
  • Miller, K.G., Sugarman, P.J., Browning, J.V., Sheridan, R.E., Kulhanek, D.K., Monteverde, D., Wehmiller, J.F., Lombardi, C., and Feigenson, M.D., 2012, Pleistocene sequence stratigraphy of the shallow continental shelf, offshore New Jersey: Constraints of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Leg 313 core holes: Geosphere, v. 9, p. 1-22.
  • Uptegrove, Jane, Waldner, J.S., Stanford, S.D., Monteverde, D.H., Sheridan, R.E., and Hall, D.W., 2012, Geology of the New Jersey Offshore in the Vicinity of Barnegat Inlet and Long Beach Island, Geologic Map Series GMS 12-3, scale 1 to 80,000
  • Volkert, R.A., and Monteverde, D.H., 2012, Bedrock geologic map of the Bernardsville quadrangle, Somerset and Morris counties, New Jersey: New Jersey Geological Survey, Geological Map Series, GMS 12-2 , scale 1:24,000.
  • Monteverde, D.H., 2011, Bedrock Geologic Map of the Yonkers and Nyack Quadrangles, Bergen County, New Jersey, New Jersey Geological Survey Geologic Map Series, GMS 11-1, scale 1:24,000
  • Volkert, R.A., Monteverde, D.H., Friehauf, K.C., Gates, A.E, Dalton, R.F., and Smith, R.C., II, 2010, Geochemistry and origin of Neoproterozoic ironstone deposits in the New Jersey Highlands and implications for the eastern Laurentian rifted margin in the north-central Appalachians, USA, in Tollo, R.P., Bartholomew, M.J., Hibbard, J.P., and Karabinos, P.M., eds., From Rodinia to Pangea: The lithotectonic record of the Appalachian Region: Geological Society of America Memoir 206, p. 283-306, doi:m10.1130/2010/1206(13)
  • Sugarman, P.J. and Monteverde, D.H., 2008, Correlation of deep aquifers using coreholes and geophysical logs in parts of Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, and Camden counties, New Jersey, New Jersey Geological Survey, Geologic Map Series, GMS 08-1.
  • Monteverde, D.H., Mountain, G.S., Miller, K.G., 2008, Early Miocene sequence development across the New Jersey margin, Basin Research, v.20, p.249-267 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2008.00351.x
  • Mountain, G.S., Burger, R.L., Delius, H., Fulthorpe, C.S., Austin, J.A., Goldberg, D.S., Steckler, M.S., McHugh, C.M., Miller, K.G., Monteverde, D.H., Orange, D.L. and Pratson, L.F., 2007, The long-term stratigraphic record on continental margins, continental-margin sedimentation: from sediment transport to sequence stratigraphy, Nittrouer, C.A., Austin, J.A., Jr., Field, M.E., Kravitz, J.H., Syvitski, J.P.M., Wiberg, P.L., eds., IAS Special Publication 37, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, p.381-458.
  • Browning, J.V. Miller, K.G, McLaughlin, P.P., Kominz, M.A., Sugarman, P.J., Monteverde, D., Feigenson, M.D., and Hernandez, J.C., 2006, Quantification of the effects of eustasy, subsidence, and sediment supply on Miocene sequences, U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin, GSA Bull.,.v.v.118p.567-588. doi: 10.1130/B25551.1
  • Sugarman, P.J., Miller, K.G., Browning, J.V., Kulpecz, A.A., and McLaughlin, P.P., Monteverde, D.H., 2005, Hydrostratigraphy of the New Jersey Coastal Plain: Sequences and Facies Predict Continuity of Aquifers and Confining Units, Stratigraphy, v.2, p.259-275.
  • Monteverde, D.H., and Volkert, R.A., 2005, Bedrock Geologic Map of the Chatham Quadrangle, Morris, Somerset and Union Counties, New Jersey, New Jersey Geological Survey, Geologic Map Series GMS 04-2, scale: 1 to 24,000
  • Monteverde, D.H., Stanford, S.D., and Volkert, R.A., 2003, Geologic Map of the Raritan Quadrangle, Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey, New Jersey Geological Survey, Geologic Map Series GMS 03-2 scale: 1 to 24,000
  • Monteverde, D.H., Miller, K.G., Mountain, G.S., 2000, Correlation of offshore seismic profiles with onshore New Jersey Miocene sections Sedimentary Geology, 134, 111-127.

Sugarman, Peter

Position: Research Associate/Part-Time Lecturer
Office: 236 Wright Geological Laboratory
Phone: (732) 445-3368

Image: Pete examining Expedition 313 cores in Bremen, Germany

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  • 1994 Ph.D. Rutgers University, Department of Geology. Thesis: Strontium isotope and sequence stratigraphy of the uppermost Campanian-Maestrichtian and Miocene, New Jersey. Kenneth G. Miller, advisor.
  • 1981 M.S. University of Delaware, Department of Geology. Thesis: The geological interpretation of gravity anomalies in the vicinity of Raritan Bay, New Jersey and New York. Allan M. Thompson, advisor.
  • 1977 B.A., University of Rochester, Department of Geology.


  • Undergraduate: Environmental Geology, Planet Earth

Research Interests

  • Stratigraphy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain: integration of facies, isotopic, and biostratigraphic data.
  • Sequence stratigraphy of passive margins.
  • Hydrogeology of the New Jersey Coastal Plain.
  • Cretaceous stratigraphy


  • Sugarman, P. J., McCartan, L., Miller, K. G., Feigenson, M. D., Pekar, S. F., Kistler, R. W., Robinson, A. G., Strontium-isotopic correlation of Oligocene to Miocene sequences, New Jersey and Florida, Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 150X: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling program), 147-159, 1997.
  • Miller, K.G., Sugarman, P.J., Browning, J.V., Olsson, R.K., Pekar, S.F., Reilly, T.R., Cramer, B.S., Aubry, M-.P., Lawrence, R.P., Curran, J., Stewart, M., Metzger, J.M., Uptegrove, J., Bukry, D., Burckle, L.H., Wright, J.D., Feigenson, M.D., Brenner, G.J., Dalton, R.F., Bass River Site. In Miller, K.G., Sugarman, P.J., Browning, J.V., et. al., ODP, Init. Repts., 174AX: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), p. 5-43, 1998.
  • Miller, K.G., Mountain, G.S., Browning, J.V., Kominz, M., Sugarman, P.J., Christie-Blick, N., Katz, M. E., and Wright, J.D., Cenozoic global sea level, sequences, and the New Jersey Transect: Results from coastal plain and continental slope drilling: Review of Geophysics, v. 36, p. 569-601, 1998.
  • Miller, K.G., Barrera, E., Olsson, R.K., Sugarman, P.J., and Savin, S.M., Does ice drive early Maastrichtian eustasy? Global d18O and New Jersey sequences, Geology, 1998.
  • Sugarman, P. J., Miller, K.G., Olsson, R.K., Browning, J.V., Wright, J.D., De Romero, L., White, T. S., Muller, F.L., and Uptegrove, J., The Cenomanian/Turonian Carbon Burial Event, Bass River, NJ: Geochemical, Paleoecological, and Sea-Level Changes. Journal of Foraminiferal Research Special Publication, October, 1999
  • Sugarman, P. J., Miller, K. G., Bukry, David, and Feigenson, M. D., Uppermost Campanian-Maestrichtian strontium isotopic, biostratigraphic, and sequence stratigraphic framework of the New Jersey Coastal Plain: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 107, p. 19-37, 1995.
  • Sugarman, P. J., Miller, K. G., Owens, J. P., and Feigenson, M. D., 1993, Strontium isotope and sequence stratigraphy of the Kirkwood Formation, southern New Jersey, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 105, p. 423 - 436.

Lepre, Christopher J.

Position: Full-Time Lecturer
Office: 202A Wright Geological Laboratory
Phone: (848) 445-3410
Web Page:

My fundamental question as a scientist is to ask, how does paleoenvironmental change influence the macroevolution of species?  To address this, I study rift valleys and examine their geology to contextualize patterns of adaptation and ecosystem change.  As these tectonic structures are deep traps with predictable geometry, they provide some of the only spatially finite records of long-term environmental conditions and biotic response for continental settings.  Most of my fieldwork has been in the Turkana Basin of Kenya, an important archeological and fossil site with a rich record of terrestrial ecosystem evolution spanning 4.0-0.8 Ma.  More recently, I have begun to conduct paleoclimate and chronostratigraphic research on dinosaur-bearing sediments of North America.

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