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Denne Reed Profile

Denné Reed is a paleoanthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin who studies the influences of ecology and environment on human adaptation, and behavior. He has conducted paleontological and archaeological field research in East Africa, southern Africa, and Morocco including 12 years of paleoanthropological research in Ethiopia focusing on early human origins. As the director of the Paleo Core project, Dr. Reed is working to integrate paleoanthropological data in order to address broad-scale questions about human evolution and environmental change, and to make the archaeological and fossil records more accessible to researchers, students and the public.

I teach courses on introductory biological anthropology, religion and science, early human evolution and paleoecology, applied data analysis, GIS and remote sensing. I have research projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Morocco. Learn more about active research here.

The University of Texas at Austin has an excellent graduate degree program in Biological Anthropology. If you are a student considering graduate studies at UT Austin be sure to check out the departmental web page. Also feel free to send an email with questions or interests.

Curriculum Vitae

Publications [31]

In reverse chronological order

31. Reed DN, Harrison T, Kwekason A. 2019. Eyasi Plateau Paleontological Expedition, Laetoli, Tanzania, fossil specimen database 1998-2005. Scientific Data. 6(304): 1-11. Doi: 10.1038/s41597-019-0304-2. journal link

30. Reed D, Dirks W, McMaster L, Harrison T. (2019) Accuracy of environmental reconstruction based on a blind test of micromammal evidence from East Africa. Historical Biology 31(2):243-252. journal link | pdf

29. Reed D, WA Barr, J Kappelman. (2018) PaleoCore: an open-source platform for geospatial data integration in paleoanthropology. In: B Anemone, G Conroy (Eds.) New Geospatial Approaches in Anthropology. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. journal link | pdf

28. Reed, Denné N., W. Andrew Barr, Shannon McPherron, René Bobe, Denis Geraads, Jonathan G. Wynn, Zeresenay Alemseged. 2015. Digital Data Collection in Paleoanthropology. Evolutionary Anthropology. 24:238-249. journal link | pdf

27. Thompson, Jessica C., Shannon McPherron, Rene Bobe, Andrew Barr, Denné Reed, W. Andrew Barr, Jonathan Wynn, Curtis Marean, Denis Geraads, Zeresenay Alemseged. 2015. Taphonomy of fossils from the hominin-bearing deposits at Dikika, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution, 86:112-135. journal link | pdf

26. Geraads, G., Zeresenay Alemseged, René Bobe, Denné Reed. 2015. Pliocene Carnivora (Mammalia) from the Hadar Formation at Dikika, Lower Awash Valley, Ethiopia. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 107:28-35 journal link | pdf

25. Byrom, A., Ally J. K. Nkwabi, Kristine Metzger, Simon A. R. Mduma, Wendy A. Ruscoe, Denné N. Reed, John Bukombe, John Mchetto, A. R. E. Sinclair. 2015. Anthropogenic stressors influence small mammal communities in tropical east African savanna at multiple spatial scales. Wildlife Research, 42(2):119-131. journal link | pdf

24. Byrom, A., W. Ruscoe, A. Nkwabi, K. Metzger, G. Forrester, S. Durante, S. Makacha, J. Bukombe, J. Mchetto, S. Mduma, D. Reed, K. Hampson, and A. R. E. Sinclair. 2015. Small mammal diversity and population dynamics in the greater Serengeti ecosystem; p. 323-357 in A. R. E. Sinclair and J. M. Fryxell (eds.), Serengeti 4: Sustaining biodiversity in a coupled human-natural system. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. journal link

23. Miller, Josh H., Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Andrew Du, S. Kathleen Lyons, David Patterson, Anikó Tóth, Amelia Villaseñor, Erustus Kanga, Denné Reed. 2014. Ecological fidelity of functional traits based on species presence-absence in a modern mammalian bone assemblage (Amboseli, Kenya). Paleobiology. 40(4):560-583. journal link | pdf

22. Byrom, Andrea, Megan Craft, Sarah Durant, Ally J.K. Nkwabi, Kristine Metzger, Katie Hampson, Simon Mduma, Guy Forrester, Wendy Ruscoe, Denné Reed, John Bukombe, John MChetto and A.R.E. Sinclair. 2014. Episodic outbreaks of small mammals influence predator community dynamics in an East African savanna ecosystem. Oikos. 123(8):1014-1024. journal link | pdf

21. Dibble, Harold L., Vera Aldeias, Zenobia Jacobs, Deborah I Olszewski, Zeljko Rezek, Sam C Lin, Esteban Alvarez-Fernández, Carolyn C Barshay-Szmidt, Emily Hallett-Desguez, Denné Reed, Kaye Reed, Daniel Richter, Teresa E Steele, Anne Skinner, Bonnie Blackwell, Ekaterina Doronicheva, Mohamed El-Hajraoui. 2013. On the industrial attribution of the Aterian and Mousterian of the Maghreb. Journal of Human Evolution. 64(3):194-210. journal link | pdf

20. Dibble, H. L., V. Aldeias, E. Alvarez-Fernandez, B. Blackwell, E. Hallett-Desguez, Z. Jacobs, P. Goldberg, A. Morala, M. Meyer, D. Olzsewski, K. Reed, D. Reed, T. Steele, D. Richter, R. Roberts, D. Sandgathe, U. Schurmans, A. Skinner, and M. El-Hajraoiu. 2012. New Excavations at the Site of Contrebandiers Cave, Morocco. Paleoanthropology, 2012:145-201. journal link | pdf

19. Reed, D.N. 2011 New murid (Mammalia: Rodentia) fossils from a late Pliocene (2.4 Ma) locality, Hadar A.L. 894, Afar Region, Ethiopia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 31(6):1326-1337. journal link | pdf

18. Reed D.N. 2011. Serengeti Micromammal Communities and the Paleoecology of Laetoli, Tanzania. In: Harrison, T. (ed.) Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context. Volume I: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology & Paleoenvironment. New York: Springer. pp. 253-263. journal link | pdf

17. Reed, D.N. and Denys C. 2011. The Taphonomy and Paleoenvironmental Implications of the Laetoli Micromammals. In: Harrison, T. (ed.) Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context. Volume I: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology & Paleoenvironment. New York: Springer. pp. 265-278. journal link | pdf

16. McPherron, S.P., Alemseged, Z., Marean, C., Wynn, J.G., Reed, D.N., Geraads, D., Bobe, R. Béarat H. 2011. Tool-marked bones from before the Oldowan change the paradigm. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. 108(21):E116. journal link | pdf

15. Geraads D, Alemseged Z, Bobe R, Reed D. 2011. Enhydriodon dikikae, sp. nov. (Carnivora: Mammalia), A gigantic otter from the Pliocene of Dikika, Lower Awash, Ethiopia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 31(2):447-453. journal link | pdf

14. Reed, D.N. and Geraads, D. 2012. Evidence for a Late Pliocene faunal transition based on a new rodent assemblage from Oldowan locality Hadar A.L. 894, Afar Region, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution. 62(3):328-337. journal link | pdf

13. McPherron SP, Alemseged Z, Marean CW, Wynn JG, Reed D, Geraads D, Bobe R, and Bearat, HA. 2010. Evidence for stone-tool-assisted consumption of animal tissues before 3.39 million years ago at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature. 466(7308):857-860. doi: 10.1038/nature09248. journal link | pdf

12. Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D.N., 2010. Nyctereutes lockwoodi, n. sp., a new canid (Carnivora: Mammalia) from the middle Pliocene of Dikika, Lower Awash, Ethiopia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 30: 981-987. journal link | pdf

11. Reed DN, Barr WA. 2010. A preliminary account of the rodents from Pleistocene levels at Grotte des Contrebandiers (Smuggler's Cave), Morocco. Historical Biology. 22:286-294. journal link | pdf

10. Reed D.N., Anderson, T.M., Dempewolf, J., Metzger, K., and Serneels, S. 2009. The spatial distribution of vegetation types in the Serengeti ecosystem: the influence of rainfall and topographic relief on vegetation patch characteristics. Journal of Biogeography. 36:770–782. journal link | pdf

9. Wynn, J.G., Roman, D.C., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., and Geraads, D., 2008. Stratigraphy, depositional environments, and basin structure of the Hadar and Busidima Formations at Dikika, Ethiopia. In: Quade, J., and Wynn, J.G., eds., The Geology of Early Humans in the Horn of Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 446:1–32, doi: 10.1130/2008.2446(04). journal link | pdf

8. Anderson, M.T., Dempewolf, J., Metzger, K.L., Reed, D.N., Serneels, S. 2008. Generation and Maintenance of Heterogeneity in the Serengeti Ecosystem. In: Sinclair, A. (ed). Serengeti III. The Future of an Ecosystem. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 135-182 journal link | pdf

7. Reed, D.N. 2007. Serengeti micromammals and their implications for Olduvai Paleoenvironments. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z. and Behrensmeyer, A.K. (eds.) Hominin environments in the East African Pliocene an assessment of the faunal evidence. New York: Kluwer Academic Press. pp. 217-255. journal link | pdf

6. Alemseged, Z., Spoor, F., Kimbel, W.H., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D.N., Wynn, J.G., 2006. A juvenile early hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature (cover). 443: 296–301. journal link | pdf

5. Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D.N., Roman, D.C., 2006. Geological and palaeontological context of a Pliocene juvenile hominin at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature. 443: 332-336. journal link | pdf

4. Alemseged, Z., Wynn, J.G., Kimbel, W.H., Reed, D.N., Geraads, D., Bobe, R., 2005. A new hominin from the Basal Member of the Hadar Formation, Dikika, Ethiopia, and its geological context. Journal of Human Evolution. 49(4): 499–514. journal link | pdf

3. Reed, D.N., 2005. Taphonomic implications of roosting behavior and trophic habits in two species of African owl. Journal of Archaeological Science. 32(11):1669–1676. journal link | pdf

2. Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D.N., Wynn, J.G., 2004. The Pleistocene fauna (other than Primates) from Asbole, lower Awash Valley, Ethiopia, and its environmental and biochronological implications. Geobios. 37: 697-718. journal link | pdf

1. Reed, D.N. 2003. Micromammal Paleoecology: Past and present relationships between African small mammals and their habitats. Unpublished PhD Thesis. New York: Stony Brook University. journal link | pdf

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A chinese dragon
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The background to this page is a photograph of an ancient tablet written in Ge'ez, an extinct semitic language of Ethiopia.