|Dr. Paula Turkon|
Paula Turkon is an assistant professor, with a joint appointment between the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences and the Department of Anthropology. She has an A.A. from Simon’s Rock of Bard College, a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from the University at Buffalo, and a PhD. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. Dr. Turkon’s research is focused on the interaction between humans and the environment, with a specific focus on prehistoric food systems. She has conducted archaeological research throughout the Northeastern and Southwestern states of the U.S., but focuses most of her research on the arid northern region of Mesoamerica in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. At Ithaca College, Dr. Turkon teaches introductory courses in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and sustainability and upper level courses in Human Environmental Impact and Mesoamerican Archaeology. She is currently piloting a co-taught course that integrates prehistoric, historic, and contemporary approaches to examine the relationship between humans and food choice. On campus, Dr. Turkon has guided groups of students through projects to help further Ithaca College sustainability efforts-such as participation in the EPA Game Day challenge and activities that educate the community about recycling and consumption habits.