Professor Margaret J. Schoeninger received her B.A. from the University of Florida, her M.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has held positions in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles, in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and in the Departments of Anthropology at Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin.
Her research centers on subsistence strategies with applications to behavior and ecology in anthropological contexts. She has participated in archaeological, paleontological, and ethnographic fieldwork projects in North America, MesoAmerica, Pakistan, India, Kenya, and Tanzania.
Her laboratory analyzes carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen stable isotope ratios in various organic materials including hair, bone collagen and bone carbonate for diet and ecology reconstruction.