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Denne Reed Profile

Denné is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin who studies the influences of ecology and environment on hominin adapations and behavior. His research interests include human evolution, terrestrial paleoecology, taphonomy, GIS and remote sensing.

Denné teaches courses on introductory physical anthropology, early hominin evolution and paleoecology, applied data analysis, GIS and remote sensing. He has 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 Physical Anthropology. If you are a student considering graduate studies at UT Austin be sure to check out the departmental web page and the physical anthroplogy subdiscipline web page. Also feel free to send an email with questions or interests.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications

In reverse chronological order

Reed DN, and D Geraads. 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. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.02.013. pdf

Reed DN 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. doi: 10.1080/02724634.2011.620676. pdf

Reed D, 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. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. pdf

Reed D. (2011) Serengeti micromammal communities and the paleoecology of Laetoli, Tanzania. In: Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context. Volume I: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology & Paleoenvironment. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. pdf

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. pdf

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. pdf

Geraads D, Alemseged Z, Bobe R, Reed D. (2010) Nyctereutes lockwoodi n. sp., a new canid (Carnivora: Mammalia) from the middle Pliocene of Dikika, Lower Awash, Ethiopia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 30(3):981-987. doi:10.1080/02724631003758326. pdf

Reed D, Anderson TM, Dempewolf J, Metzger K, 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(4):770-782. pdf

Wynn JG, Roman DC, Alemseged Z, Reed D, Geraads D, Munro S, (2008) Stratigraphy, depositional environments, and basin structure of the Hadar and Busidima Formations at Dikika, Ethiopia. In: Quade J, Wynn J, (Eds.) The Geology of Early Humans in the Horn of Africa. Vol. 446. Geological Society of America, Boulder, Co. pp. 87-118. pdf (large 4.6 MB)

Anderson TM, Dempewolf J, Metzger KL, Reed DN, Serneels S. (2008) Generation and Maintenance of Heterogeneity in the Serengeti Ecosystem. In A. Sinclair (ed). Serengeti III: The Future of an Ecosystem. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pdf (large 4.4 MB)

Reed DN. (2007) Serengeti micromammals and their implications for Olduvai paleoenvironments. In: R Bobe, Z Alemseged and K Behrensmeyer (eds.) Hominin environments in the East African Pliocene an assessment of the faunal evidence. New York: Kluwer Academic Press. pdf

Wynn JG, Alemseged Z, Bobe R, Geraads D, Reed D, Roman D. (2006) Geology and palaeontological context of a Pliocene juvenile hominin at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 443:332-336. pdf

Alemseged Z, Spoor F, Kimbel W, Bobe R, Geraads D, Reed D, Wynn J. (2006) A juvenile hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 443:296-301. pdf

Alemseged Z, Wynn JG, Kimbel WH, Reed DN, 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. 49:499-514. pdf

Reed DN. (2005) Taphonomic implications of roosting behavior and trophic habits in two species of African owl. Journal of Archaeological Science. 32:1669-1676. pdf

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

Reed D. (2003) Micriomammal Paleoecology: Past and present relationships between African small mammals and their habitats. PhD thesis. Stony Brook University. pdf

About the Background

A chinese dragon
Photo credit: Denné Reed

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