I am broadly interested in how human societies interact with their environment over decades, centuries, and millennia. My research relies on archaeology and GIS, and on collaborations with geologists, biologists, and historians, to reconstruct how ecosystems have changed through time. I focus on projects with applications to modern problems, including the exploration of long-term patterns in sustainability and resilience.
I have ongoing research projects in coastal regions of North America, especially southern California and the Middle Atlantic, where I explore how rising Late Pleistocene and Holocene sea levels influenced socio-ecological systems. I am beginning a similar project in Baja California, and I also contribute to projects in the Southwestern United States looking at how changes in environments and landscapes contributed to evolving agricultural systems. Throughout all of these projects, I look for new and innovative ways to explore the human past through methods such as spatial modeling, landscape genetics, and remote sensing.
Reeder-Myers, L.A. 2015. Cultural heritage at risk: A vulnerability assessment of coastal archaeological sites in the United States. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 10: 436-445.
Rick, T.C., L.A. Reeder-Myers, D. Breitburg, R. Lockwood, C.A. Hofman, G. Henkes, L. Kellogg, D.L. Lowery, M. Luckenbach, R.L. Mann, M.B. Ogburn, M.J. Southworth, J. Wah, J. Wesson, A.H. Hines. 2016. Millennial-scale sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay Native American oyster fishery. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113: 6568-6573.
Reeder-Myers, L.A., J.M. Erlandson, D.R. Muhs, T.C. Rick. 2015. Sea level, paleogeography, and archaeology on California's Northern Channel Islands. Quaternary Research, 55: 263-272.
Reeder-Myers, L.A. 2014. Multi-scalar foraging decisions in the Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 35: 202-219.
Reeder, L.A., J.M. Erlandson, T.C Rick. 2011. Younger Dryas environments and human adaptations on the West Coast of the United States and Baja California. Quaternary International, 242: 463-478.
Erlandson, J.M., T.C Rick, T.J. Braje, M. Casperson, B. Culleton, B. Fulfrost, T. Garcia, N.P. Jew, D.J. Kennett, M.L. Moss, L.A. Reeder, C. Skinner, J. Watts, and L. Willis. 2011. Paleoindian seafaring, maritime technologies, and coastal foraging on California’s Channel Islands. Science, 331: 1181-1885
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