Mark Hubbe
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Dr. Mark Hubbe
Department of Anthropology
The Ohio State University
4048 Smith Laboratory
174 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614.292.9770 (tel)
614.292-4155 (fax)

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)



Research Interests

My research agenda within skeletal biology has two foci. Primarily, I investigate the processes of morphological adaptation and modern human dispersion with a second research line that examines skeletal measures of health and life-style. To date, these research lines resulted in 16 peer reviewed publications in top anthropology journals.

My main research focus has been the study of morphological affinities, processes of morphological adaptation, and modern human dispersion. Most recently, I have been applying similar methods and quantitative analyses to processes of morphological differentiation and modern human dispersion across the planet. They are a result from my well-established networks with researchers in Brazil (Dr. Walter Neves, University of São Paulo) and Germany (Dr. Katerina Harvati, University of Tübingen), networks that could be of great use in training graduate students in similar topics.

Regarding my secondary research focus, life-style and skeletal biology, my work has focused on the influences of prehistoric Andean States (Tiwanaku and Inca) on the life-style of the ancient inhabitants of northern Chile’s San Pedro de Atacama oases (Atacameños). I just finished a three-year project, funded by the Chilean Science and Technology Foundation (Fondo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología), that examined morphological diversity within Atacameño groups and the influence of the Tiwanaku and Inca states on local biological diversity. Part of this research involved the chronological contextualization of a large series of osteological.

Together with Dr. Christina Torres-Rouff, I’m conducting a two-year project (2012-2013) aimed at characterizing diet and nutrition among groups of different social status during the Middle Horizon in the Atacama oases. This research is studying diet both through traditional osteological markers as well as through isotope analyses (in collaboration with Dr. William Pestle, University of Illinois at Chicago).


Selected Publications

NEVES, Walter A.; HUBBE, Mark; BERNARDO, Danilo; STRAUSS, André; ARAUJO, Astolfo; KIPNIS, Renato. In Press. Early human occupation of Lagoa Santa, Eastern Central Brazil: Implications for the dispersion and adaptation of the initial settlers of South America. In: GRAF, Kelly; WATERS, Michael; GOEBEL, Ted (Eds.) The Paleoamerican Odissey. 

TORRES-ROUFF, Christina; KNUDSON, Kelly; HUBBE, Mark. In Press. Issues of affinity: Exploring population structure in the middle and regional developments periods of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 

TORRES-ROUFF, Christina; HUBBE, Mark. In Press. The sequence of human occupation in the Atacama Oases, Chile: A radiocarbon chronology based on human skeletal remains. Latin American Antiquity. 

HUBBE, Alex; HUBBE, Mark; NEVES, Walter A. 2013. The Brazilian megamastofauna of the Pleistocene/Holocene transition and its relationship with the early human settlement of the continent. Earth-Science Review, 118: 1-10.

HUBBE, Mark; TORRES-ROUFF, Christina; NEVES, Walter A.; KING, Laura; DA-GLORIA, Pedro; COSTA, Maria Antonietta. 2012. Dental health in northern Chile’s Atacama oases: evaluating the Middle Horizon (AD 500-1000) impact on local diet. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 148, 62-72.
HUBBE, Mark; HARVATI, Katerina; NEVES, Walter A. 2011. Paleoamerican morphology in the context of European and east Asian late Pleistocene variation: implications for human dispersion into the new world. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144, 442-453.
HUBBE, Mark; NEVES, Walter A.; HARVATI, Katerina. 2010. Testing Evolutionary and
Dispersion Scenarios for the Settlement of the New World. PLoS ONE, 5: e11105.

HUBBE, Mark; HANIHARA, Tsuheniko, HARVATI, Katerina. 2009. Climate Signature in the differentiation of worldwide modern human populations. The Anatomical Record 292: 1720-1733.


Teaching Schedule

Autumn 2013 8892.11 - Quantitative Methods I

Spring 2014

8892.01 - Evolutionary Theory
8892.12 - Quantitative Methods II: Advanced

Current Grad Students

Brianne Herrera
Sharon Buck (co-advisor with Dr. Larsen)

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