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Boyd, Melissa D.

Office: 207 Department of Anthropology Biological Sciences
Phone: (848) 445-2044


  • Rutgers University, NJ, BS Geology, 2012
  • Rutgers University, NJ, BS Evolutionary Anthropology, High Honors, 2015
  • Rutgers University, NJ, MS Candidate, 2018  


  • Department of Anthropology, Part-Time Lecturer, Extinction and Evolution & Human Behavior
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences, Teaching Assistant, Introductory Geology Lab & Paleontology Lab

Honors and Awards

  • Bigel Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Anthropology
  • School of Arts and Sciences Excellence Award
  • Army Women's Foundation Scholarship
  • National Military Family Association Scholarship

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction
  • Paleopedology
  • Stable Isotope Geochemistry

Field Experience

  • West Turkana, Kenya 2014 - present

Advisor and Dissertation Committee

  • Craig Feibel
  • Gail Ashley

Meetings / Abstracts

  • Boyd, Melissa D., Feibel, Craig S., Manthi, Frederick Kyalo, Ward, Carol V. and Plavcan, J. Michael (2016).  Why Lomekwi?  Geology and Depositional Context of the Lomekwi 3 Archaeological Site in Kenya: A Sedimentary Facies Analysis [Poster]. GSA 2016 Annual Meeting, 25-28 September 2016, Denver, CO

Contact Us

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