Sturm Hall, 2000 East Asbury Avenue Denver, CO 80208
What I do
I study the links between diet, fire, and human evolution.
Dr. Nicole M. Herzog has worked as an archaeologist and primatologist and now serves as an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Denver (DU). She is the author of numerous publications with topics ranging from the role of fire in human evolution to the detection of early domesticates in the American southwest. Dr. Herzog currently heads the Paleodiet Lab in the Anthropology Department. Through this lab, Dr. Herzog is committed to advancing our understanding of past and present plant use via collaborations with Indigenous communities, graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and a global research community. Dr. Herzog continues to conduct field studies in Senegal, South Africa, Mozambique, Costa Rica, and the North American Great Basin and Colorado Plateau.
Ph.D., University of Utah, 2015
BA, University of Montana, 2005
Chinese Mining Heritage and History Exhibit at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology
Herzog, N. M., Louderback, L. A., & Pavlik, B. M. (2018). Effects of cultivation on tuber and starch granule morphometrics of Solanum jamesii and implications for interpretation of the archaeological record. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 98, 1-6.
Pruetz, J. D., & Herzog, N. M. (2017). Savanna Chimpanzees at Fongoli, Senegal, Navigate a Fire Landscape. CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY, 58, S337-S350.
Herzog, N. M., Baker, M., Pavlik, B. M., Beck, K., Creer, S., & Louderback, L. A. (2017). A multi-proxy approach to archaeobotanical research: Archaic and Fremont diets, Utah. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE-REPORTS, 15, 169-178.
Herzog, N. M., & Lawlor, A. T. (2016). REEVALUATING DIET AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE ARCHAIC GREAT BASIN USING STARCH GRAIN ASSEMBLAGES FROM HOGUP CAVE, UTAH. AMERICAN ANTIQUITY, 81(4), 664-681.
Parker, C. H., Keefe, E. R., Herzog, N. M., O'connell, J. F., & Hawkes, K. (2016). The pyrophilic primate hypothesis. EVOLUTIONARY ANTHROPOLOGY, 25(2), 54-63.
Herzog, N. M., Keefe, E. R., Parker, C. H., & Hawkes, K. (2016). What's burning got to do with it? Primate foraging opportunities in fire-modified landscapes. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 159(3), 432-441.
Herzog, N. M., Parker, C. H., Keefe, E. R., Coxworth, J., Barrett, A., & Hawkes, K. (2014). Fire and Home Range Expansion: A Behavioral Response to Burning Among Savanna Dwelling Vervet Monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops). AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 154(4), 554-560.