UF Research Foundation Professor, Anthropology and Tropical Conservation and Development Program
Office: Grinter Hall, Room 337
Phone: (352) 392-0299
Lab: Turlington Hall, Room B375
Email: stepp@ufl.edu
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  • Ph.D.
  • M.A.
  • B.A.

Research Interests

Cultural ecology, ecological anthropology, ethnobotany, medical anthropology, visual anthropology, Mesoamerica

Personal Statement

Rick (John Richard) Stepp is UF Research Foundation Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida. He is a core faculty member of the Tropical Conservation and Development Program and the Land Use and Environmental Change Institute. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the School of Natural Resources and Environment and several other interdisciplinary centers focused on environmental research. He has conducted conservation research over the last two decades throughout the tropics, especially in the Maya Forest and in the Greater Mekong Region of Southeast Asia. His research explores persistence, change and variation of traditional ecological knowledge and ethnobiology. Much of this work has focused on wild food plants and medicinal plants. His work has also focused on patterns and causes in the distribution of biological and cultural diversity (biocultural diversity). He is leading the Quest 3 experiential learning initiative at UF and also serves as online coordinator for the Department of Anthropology. He is an associate editor for several journals in environmental anthropology and ethnobiology. He is past-president of the Society for Economic Botany and current president of the International Society of Ethnobiology.

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Selected Publications

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Contribution to Science

Research Support

Ongoing Research Support

Completed Research Support (within the past three years)

Courses Taught

Distinguished Service Professor

Professor Emeritus
Office: Turlington Hall, Room B356
Phone: (352) 294-7596
Email: moseley@ufl.edu
Website: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/moseley


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University, 1968
  • M.A., Anthropology, Harvard University, 1965
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1963

Research Interests

Settlement and subsistence patterns; early agricultural economies; preindustrial urbanism; pre-Hispanic architecture; pre-Hispanic irrigation and water management technology; Colonial Period and Spanish contact settlements; GIS/Remote Sensing; Quaternary geomorphology, climatology and tectonics.

Selected Publications

Ortloff, Charles, and Michael Moseley. 2012. 2600-1800 BCE Caral. Ñawpa Pacha 32(2):189-206.

Stanish, Charles, Edmundo de la Vega, Michael Moseley, Patrick Ryan Williams, Cecilia Chávez J., Benjamin Vining, and Karl LaFavre. 2010. Tiwanaku Trade Patterns in Southern Peru. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 29:524-532.

Sandweiss, Daniel H., Ruth Shady Solís, Michael E. Moseley, David K. Keefer, and Charles R. Ortloff. 2009. Environmental Change and Economic Development in Coastal Peru between 5,800 and 3,600 years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(5):1359-1363.

Moseley, Michael E., Christopher B. Donnan, and David K. Keefer. 2008. Convergent Catastrophe and the Demise of Dos Cabezas. In The Art and Archaeology of the Moche: An Ancient Andean Society of the Peruvian North Coast, edited by Steve Bourget and Kimberly L. Jones, pp. 81-91. University of Texas Press, Austin.

Moseley, Michael E., Donna J. Nash, Patrick Ryan Williams, Susan D. deFrance, Ana Miranda, and Mario Ruales. 2005. Burning Down the Brewery: Establishing and Evacuating an Ancient Imperial Colony at Cerro Baúl, Peru. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102(48):17264-17271.

Williams, Patrick Ryan, Donna J. Nash, Michael E. Moseley, Susan deFrance, Mario Ruales, Ana Miranda, and David Goldstein. 2005. Los Encuentros y las Bases para la Administración Política Wari. Boletín de Arqueología PUCP 9:207-232.

Keefer, David K., and Michael E. Moseley. Southern Peru Desert Shattered by the Great 2001 Earthquake: Implications for Paleoseismic and Paleo-El Niño–Southern Oscillation Records. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101(30):10878-10883.


The Inca and their Ancestors (ANG 5164 / ANT 3164)
Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents (ANT 2149)