Dr. Dave E. Rhode

Research Professor Archeology
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Professional Interests

Dr. Rhode is a prehistorian, archaeobotanist, and paleoecologist with 25 years experience throughout western North America. His main focus of research concerns prehistoric human adaptations and paleoenvironmental change in arid environments. Towards this end, he has analyzed packrat middens in the eastern Great Basin and western Mojave Desert, examined plant remains from various archaeological sites throughout the Great Basin and American Southwest, and studied phytoliths (mineral bodies from plant cells) extracted from archaeological sites. In addition to his paleoenvironmental research, Dr. Rhode has directed and managed several archaeological projects, including a large cultural resources protection program at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as well as in California, Oregon, New Mexico, Washington, and Alaska. Recently, he has also explored early human occupation in China and Jordan.

During his studies of regional land use patterns of prehistoric people in the Great Basin, Dr. Rhode expanded the use of dating techniques such as thermoluminescence and obsidian hydration for developing chronologies of regional land use patterns as reflected in the surface archaeology of the Great Basin. Southwestern experience includes a detailed study of prehistoric and historic study of Zuni agricultural land use and water control in west-central New Mexico. His interest in the history of Native American groups in western North America led to his co-editing a recent volume on the Paiute, Shoshonean, and Ute ("Numic") peoples who inhabited the intermountain west in late prehistoric and historic times and to the publication of an illustrated ethnobotany of southern Nevada.

Area of Research Interest and Expertise

  • Anthropology and Archaeology Research
  • Ethnobiology
  • Paleocology and Paleoclimatology
  • Paleoenvironmental Research

Recent Research Projects

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D. 1987 University of Washington Anthropology
D.C. 1982 University of Washington Anthropology
B.S. 1978 University of California, Davis Anthropology / Botany

Publications & Presentations

2016

Fowler, C. S., Rhode, D. E., Quinlan, A., Garey-Sage, D., Crum, S. J. (2016). The Great Basin, In Handbook of North American Indians, Volume I: Summary, Smithsonian Institution Press: Washington, DC, Accepted
Perreault, C., Boulanger, M. T., Hudson, A. M., Rhode, D. E., Madsen, D. B., Olsen, J. W., Steffen, M. L., Quade, J., Glascock, M. D., Brantingham, P. J. (2016). Characterization of Obsidian from the Tibetan plateau by XRF and NAA, Journal of Archaeological Science Reports, 5, 392-399
Perreault, C., Boulanger, M., Hudson, A., Rhode, D. E., Madsen, D., Olsen, J., Steffen, M., Quade, J., Glascock, M., Brantingham, P. (2016). Characterization of Obsidian from the Tibetan plateau by XRF and NAA., Journal of Archaeological Science Reports, 5, 392-399
Rhode, D. E. (2016). Wood Charcoal from Archaeological Sites in the Qinghai Lake Basin, Western China: Implications for Human Resource Use and Anthropogenic Environmental Change, Journal of Ethnobiology, 36, (3), 569-592
Rhode, D. E. (2016). Quaternary Vegetation Changes in the Bonneville Basin, Eds. Oviatt, C. G., Shroder, J., In Lake Bonneville: A Scientific Update, Developments in Earth Surface Processes, Vol. 20, 420-441, Elsevier: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rhode, D. E. (2016). Natural Setting of the Northern Tier, Eds. Hildebrandt, W. R., McGuire, K., King, J., Ruby, A., Young, D. C., In Prehistory of Nevada’s Northern Tier: Archaeological Investigations along the Ruby Pipeline, American Museum of Natural History Anthropological Papers No. 101, 36-70, American Museum of Natural History: New York, NY
Rhode, D. E. (2016). A Biogeographic Perspective on Early Human Colonization of the Tibetan Plateau, Archaeological Research in Asia, 5, 33-43
Rhode, D. E. (2016). Late Paleolithic to Neolithic Transition in the Northeast Tibetan Plateau: Recent Findings, 7th Worldwide Congress of the Society for East Asian Archaeology: Cambridge/Boston, MA
Rhode, D. E., Adams, K. D. (2016). Paleoenvironmental Context for Lincoln County, Nevada, Submitted to Bureau of Land Management, Caliente, NV, for Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative, Accepted

2015

Graf, K. E., Krasinski, K. E., DiPietro, L. M., Gore, A. K., Smith, H. L., Culleton, B. J., Kennett, D. J., Rhode, D. E. (2015). Dry Creek Revisited: New Excavations, Radiocarbon Dates, and Site Formation Inform on the Peopling of Eastern Beringia, American Antiquity, 80, 671-694
Graf, K., Krasinski, K., DiPietro, L., Gore, A., Smith, H., Culleton, B., Kennett, D., Rhode, D. E. (2015). Dry Creek Revisited: New Excavations, Radiocarbon Dates, and Site Formation Inform on the Peopling of Eastern Beringia, American Antiquity, 80, 671-694
Hou, G. L., Lai, Z. P., Cao, G., Chongyi, E., Sun, Y. J., Rhode, D. E., Feathers, J. (2015). The Earliest Prehistoric Pottery in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Its Archaeological Implications, Quaternary Geochronology, 30 (Pt. B), 431-437
Hou, G., Lai, Z., Cao, G., E, C., Sun, Y., Rhode, D. E., Feathers, J. (2015). The earliest prehistoric pottery in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and its archaeological implications, Quarternary Geochronology, 30 (pt B0, 431-437
Louderback, L., Rhode, D. E., Madsen, D. B., Metcalf, M. (2015). Rapid Vegetation Shifts in the Uinta Mountains (Utah and Wyoming, USA) during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 438, 327-343
Louderback, L. A., Rhode, D. E., Madsen, D. B., Metcalf, M. (2015). Rapid Vegetation Shifts in the Uinta Mountains (Utah and Wyoming, USA) During the Late Pleistocene and Holocene, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 438, 327-343
Rhode, D. E. (2015). Annually-Resolved Cellulose-Based Isotope-Proxy Postglacial-Holocene Climate Records from Ancient Middens in the Bonneville Basin, Western North America, 19th INQUA Congress: Nagoya, Japan
Rhode, D. E. (2015). Plant Resources in Great Basin High Altitude Foraging, Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting: San Francisco, CA
Rhode, D. E. (2015). Ancient Plant Use in Paleo-Wendover [keynote lecture], Nevada Archaeological Association: Wendover, NV
Rhode, D. E. (2015). Estimating Long-Term Annual Climate Variability Using Sagebrush Wood from Archaeological Sites in the Great Basin [poster presentation], Great Basin Consortium Conference: Boise, ID
Rhode, D. E., Louderback, L. (2015). Bonneville Basin Environments During the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition. In The Paleoarchaic Occupation of the Old River Bed Delta, University of Utah Anthropological Papers, 128, 22-29
Rhode, D. E., Louderback, L. A. (2015). Bonneville Basin Environments During the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition, Eds. Madsen, D. B., Schmitt, D. N., Page, D. J., In The Paleoarchaic Occupation of the Old River Bed Delta, University of Utah Anthropological Papers No. 128, 22-29, University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT
Rhode, D. E., Rhode, A. A. (2015). Energetic Return Rates from Limber Pine Seeds, Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, 35, (2), 291-304
Rhode, D. E., Rhode, A. (2015). Energetic Return Rates from Limber Pine Seeds, Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, 35, (2), 291-304

2014

Madsen, D., Oviatt, C., Yan, Z., Brantingham, P., Elston, R., Chen, F., Bettinger, R., Rhode, D. E. (2014). The early appearance of Shuidonggou core-and-blade technology in north China: Implications for the spread of anatomically modern humans in northeast Asia?, 347, 21-28, Quaternary International
Rhode, D. E., Brantingham, P., Perrault, C., Madsen, D. B. (2014). Mind the Gaps: Testing for hiatuses in regional radiocarbon records., Journal of Archaeological Science, 52, 567-577
Yatavelli, L., Chakrabarty, R. K., Gyawali, M., Knue, J., Engling, G., Moosmuller, H., Rhode, D. E., Chen, L.-W.A., Wang, X., Chow, J. C., Watson, J. G. (2014). Emissions from Burning Incense and Dung: Two Unregulated Sources of Brown Carbon in Asia, 33nd Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research: Orlando, FL, October 20, 2014

2011

Goebel, T., Hockett, B., Adams, K. D., Rhode, D. E., Graf, K. (2011). Climate, environment, and humans in North America's Great Basin during the Younger Dryas, 12,900-11,600 calendar years ago, 242, 479-501

2008

Adams, K. D., Goebel, T., Graf, K., Smith, G., Camp, A. J., Briggs, R., Rhode, D. E. (2008). Late Pleistocene and early Holocene lake-level fluctuations in the Lahontan basin, Nevada: Implications for the distribution of archaeological sites, 23, (5), 608-643

2000

Rhode, D. E. (2000). Packrat Middens as a Tool for Reconstructing Historic Ecosystems, In Techniques for Discovering Historic Ecosystems, Island Press: Covelo, CA
Rhode, D. E. (2000). Review of Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction in Arid Lands, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, Accepted
Rhode, D. E., Madsen, D. B. (2000). Middle and Late Wisconsin Vegetation History in the Bonneville Basin, Chapter 11, In Late Quaternary Paleoecology in the Bonneville Basin, Utah Geological Survey Monograph Series: Salt Lake City, UT, Accepted
Rhode, D. E., Madsen, D. B. (2000). Chapter 12: Holocene Vegetation History in the Bonneville Basin, In Late Quaternary Paleoecology in the Bonneville Basin, Utah Geological Survey Monograph Series: Salt Lake City, UT, Accepted

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