Dr. Rachel Reid


Dr. Reid is a paleoecologist interested in how disturbances, such as climate and environmental change, impact species, ecosystems, and their interactions over a range of timescales. Dr. Reid brings an interdisciplinary approach to her research, incorporating viewpoints, tools, and data from geology, ecology, and archaeology, using stable isotope geochemistry as a central methodological tool.

As a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech, Dr. Reid runs the Stable Isotope Laboratory in the Geosciences Department and is in the process of creating a Stable Isotope Geochemistry course with Dr. Benjamin Gill. Dr. Reid received a BA in Geology from Carleton College, an MS and PhD in Earth Sciences from The University of California Santa Cruz, and conducted postdoctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis.



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Recent Relevant Publications

Dr. Reid’s Google Scholar Site

Reid, R.E.B., Jones, M., Brandt, S., Bunn, H., and F. Marshall, 2019, Oxygen isotope analyses of ungulate tooth enamel confirm low seasonality of rainfall contributed to the African Humid Period in Somalia, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology 534: 109272.

Marshall, F., Reid, R.E.B., Goldstein, S., Storozum, M., Wreschnig, A., Kiura, P., Shahack-Gross, R., and S.H. Ambrose, 2018, Ancient herders created nutrient hotspots that increase African savanna biodiversity, Nature 561: 387-390.

Reid, R.E.B., Gifford-Gonzalez, D. and P.L. Koch, 2018, Coyote (Canis latrans) use of marine resources in coastal California: a new behavior relative to their recent ancestors, The Holocene. 10.1177/0959683618788714.

Reid, R.E.B., Lalk, E., Marshall, F., and X. Liu, 2018, Carbon and nitrogen isotope variability in modern and historical African millets, Pennisetum glaucum and Eleusine coracana, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 32(19): 1693-1702. 10.1002/rcm.8217.

Reid, R.E.B. and P.L. Koch, 2017, Isotopic ecology of coyotes from scat and road kill carcasses: a complementary approach to feeding experiments, PLoS ONE 12(4): e0174897.