Corina M. Kellner, PhD
Corina M. Kellner received her PhD in Anthropology from the
University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, with the late Dr. Phillip L.
Walker as her advisor. She was a lecturer and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the
University of California, San Diego until 2007, with Dr. Margaret Schoeninger
as her Postdoctoral Advisor.
She specializes in Bioarchaeology, which is the study of
human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts. Her dissertation dealt
with the health and violence effects of various environmental and cultural
shifts in a diachronic population of Nasca people living in ancient southern
Peru (A.D. 1-750). Through this project, Corina has also interrogated the
relationship of the Nasca to the Wari Empire of the Ayacucho Basin (A.D.
Her research focuses on the biocultural effects of social
interaction, especially how local communities and states are affected by each
other. Skeletal tissues such as bones and teeth incorporate the chemical
signature of the water and food you ingest; basically, “you are what you eat
(and drink )”! To that end, she studies diet through stable isotope analyses of
carbon and nitrogen and migration patterns through strontium isotope values
within bones and teeth. She also studies past health and disease patterns and
cultural behaviors such as cranial vault modification, interpersonal trauma,
and “trophy” head taking.
Her current collaborative projects include the excavation of
Pataraya, one of the only Wari cemeteries in the Nasca drainage with Dr.
Katharina Schreiber and Dr. Matt Edwards of UCSB, the analysis of human
skeletal remains from Cotahuasi, Peru during Wari imperial influence, with Dr.
Justin Jennings, Curator of the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, and dietary
analysis of human remains Cochabamba, Bolivia during Inka influence, with Karen
Anderson of UCSB. Her current projects include collaborations with NAU’s Dr.
Perez Rodriguez at the site of Cerro Jazmin, Oaxaca, Mexico, funded by the
National Science Foundation, and with Kevin Vaughn at Purdue University on a
Late Nasca site of Cocahuischo, which was funded by National Geographic.
Dr. Kellner has been awarded two NAU Faculty Grants for her
Peruvian research and two of her undergraduate advisees, Cristina Watson and
Amanda (Sal) Webber, have been awarded Hooper Undergraduate Research Awards to
analyze diet and migration patterns in Peru. Currently, Dr. Kellner has four
graduate students: Katharine Compton-Gore, Cristin Lucas, KKerri Bastin, and
Anthropology paleodiet laboratory
Froehle, A, Kellner, CM, and Schoeninger MJ. Multivariate Carbon and Nitrogen Stable Isotope Model for the
Reconstruction of Prehistoric Human Diet. Accepted for publication in the American Journal of
Physical Anthropology, August 2011.
Kellner, CM. Somerville, A and Schoeninger, MJ. Strontium analyses of human
bone reveal no Wari state emissaries in the Nasca region of south coastal Peru
(750-1000 A.D.). Poster accepted for the annual meetings of the American
Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 13-16, 2011, Minneapolis,
Kellner, CM, Spielmann, K, Moore, K and Schoeninger, MJ. Stable isotope data
stability in diet at Pecos Pueblo and diet variation among Southwest pueblos.
M (ed.): Pecos Pueblo Revisited: The Biological and Social Context, Papers
of the Peabody
Museum No. 85, pp. 79-92. Harvard University Press.
Froehle, A, Schoeninger, MJ, and Kellner, CM. FOCUS: Effect of dietary protein
source on δ13Ccollagen:
follow up to Warinner and Tuross (2009). Journal of Archaeological Science 37:2662-2670.
Kellner, CM. and Schoeninger, MJ. Wari’s imperial influence on local
Nasca diet: The stable isotope
of Anthropological Archaeology 27: 226-243. 2007
Kellner, CM, Schoeninger, MJ. A simple carbon isotope model
for reconstructing prehistoric diet. American
Journal of Physical Anthropology 133:
Kellner, CM. Wari Imperial influence on Nasca head taking practices. In:
Skull Collection, Modification,
and Decoration, ed. Bonogofsky, M. British Archaeological Reports, v. 1539:
Jennings, J, Yepez Alvarez, W, Kellner, CM. Tumbas de Tenahaha: Notas
Preliminares sobre Contextos Funerarios del Horizonte Medio en el Valle de
Cotahuasi. Andes 6: 93-108.
Kellner, CM. Coping with Environmental and Social Challenges in Prehistoric
analyses of Nasca Populations. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California,
Walker, PL, Miller, KWP, Kerr, S, Kellner, CM. Human Remains from CA-SBA-485 (UCSB
University of California, Santa Barbara. Report prepared for the California Bureau of Reclamation.