Derek Reaux

Graduate Student
Derek Reaux


Current status: Ph.D. in progress

Ph.D. dissertation title: An Evaluation of Western Stemmed Tradition Settlement/Subsistence Strategies in the Northwestern Great Basin

Derek Reaux is currently a Ph.D. candidate and member of the Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit. His dissertation research focuses on western stemmed tradition settlement/subsistence strategies and technological organization at the Catnip Creek Delta Locality, Guano Valley, Oregon. Prior to coming to the University of Nevada, Reno, Reaux served in the United States Army before pursuing a degree in anthropology at the University of Kentucky. Reaux has conducted archaeology in cultural resource management and academic contexts across Kentucky, Mexico, California, Nevada and Oregon.

Academic interests

  • Paleoindian archaeology
  • Lithic technological organization
  • Toolstone sourcing
  • GIS spatial analysis

Selected publications

  • Reaux, Derek J., Geoffrey M. Smith, Kenneth D. Adams, Sophia A. Jamaldin, Nicole D. George, Katelyn Mohr, and Richard L. Rosencrance 2018 A First Look at the Terminal Pleistocene/Early Holocene Record of Guano Valley, Oregon, USA. PaleoAmerica 4(2):1-15.
  • Pilloud, Marin A., Derek J. Reaux, Geoffrey M. Smith, and Kristina M. Wiggins. 2017 Using Fordisc Software to Assign Obsidian Artifacts to Geological Sources: Proof of Concept. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 13:428-434.


  • M.A., anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2019
  • B.A., anthropology, University of Kentucky, 2014