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Department of Anthropology

Program in
Human Ecology and Archaeobiology


Leslie Reeder-Myers is a post-doctoral fellow at the National Museum of National History who received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Southern Methodist University in 2012. As an archaeologist and geographer, she studies the impact of sea level rise and climate change on coastal populations in the past. Her current research focuses on Chesapeake Bay and on California’s Channel Islands, working to understand how ecosystems (including people) adapted to local sea level rise from the end of the Pleistocene through to the modern day. She uses GIS and computer modeling to reconstruct ancient shorelines and nearshore ecosystems in collaboration with colleagues at the US Geological Survey. She combines these reconstructions with zooarchaeological research into human subsistence and settlement practices to investigate how people used and adapted to a shifting landscape. Reeder-Myers’ current work in Chesapeake Bay combines the long-term, general environmental data from sediment cores with the detailed, short term data from small oyster middens to gain a multi-scalar understanding of ecological change through time. She also applies this work to modern conservation science, helping to explain how marine ecosystems can adapt to today’s rapidly changing human and environmental context.

Recent Publications

  • Reeder-Myers, L.A.
    2013 Multi-Scalar Foraging Decisions in the Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, in review.
  • Reeder-Myers, L.A.
    2013 9000 Years of Settlement in the Carrington Point Area of Santa Rosa Island, California. Journal of California Archaeology, in press.
  • Rick, T., C. Hofman, L. Reeder-Myers, et al.
    2013 From the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene: 20,000 Years of Ecological Change and the Future of Biodiversity on California's Channel Islands. BioScience, in press.
  • Rick, T., L. Reeder-Myers, J. Cox, S. Sperling, A. Jansen, and A. Hines
    2013 Shell Middens, Cultural Chronologies, and Coastal Settlement on the Rhode River Sub-Estuary of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA. Geoarchaeology, in press.
  • Rick, T.C., J.M. Erlandson, N. Jew, and L.A. Reeder-Myers
    2013 Archaeological Survey, Paleogeography, and the Search for Late Pleistocene Paleocoastal Peoples of Santa Rosa Island, California. Journal of Field Archaeology 38(4):324-331.
  • Reeder, L.A., T.C. Rick, and J.M. Erlandson
    2012 Our Disappearing Past: A GIS Analysis of the Vulnerability of Coastal Archaeological Resources in California's Santa Barbara Channel Region. Journal of Coastal Conservation 16:187-197.
  • Reeder, L.A., J.M. Erlandson, and T.C. Rick
    2011 Younger Dryas Environments and Human Adaptations on the West Coast of the United States and Baja California. Quaternary International 242(2):463-478.
  • Erlandson, J.M., T.C. Rick, L. Reeder, et al.
    2011 Paleoindian Seafaring, Maritime Technologies, and Coastal Foraging on California's Channel Islands. Science 331(6021):1181-1885.
  • Reeder, L.A., and T.C. Rick
    2009 New Perspectives on the Archaeology of Anacapa Island, California: Preliminary Research at ANI-2. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology 21:119-123.
  • Reeder, L.A., T.C. Rick, and J.M. Erlandson
    2008 Forty Years Later: What Have We Learned About the Earliest Human Occupation of Santa Rosa Island? North American Archaeology 29:37-64.
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