Richard K. Reed, Ph.D.
- Professor , Sociology and Anthropology
Richard Reed grew up in Wisconsin. His first experience abroad as an undergraduate, with School for International Training in Nepal, introduced him to anthropology, to which he has devoted his career. He has taught at Harvard, Smith College, Boston University. He is the father of two grown children, Anna and Austin and lives in San Antonio with his wife, Lisa Chatillon.
Reed's research focuses on the effect of deforestation on indigenous peoples in lowland South America. Beginning forty years ago, he has tracked deforestation in eastern Paraguay and western Brazil, and the changes it has brought about in the forests of the Guarani people. The work focuses on the collection and sale of yerba mate (Ilex paraguaiensis) from the forests, and the power it gave indigenous groups in managing relations with the expanding frontier. He has also engaged in research and writing about fathers and childbirth in the United States, and is currently working on reforestation in the central highlands of Nepal.
Richard Reed has worked extensively with the San Antonio River Authority on the redesign and the monitoring of the San Antonio River. He sat on the Design Oversight Committee of the San Antonio River Improvements Project (SARIP) from 2007 to 2012. He Chaired SARA's Clean Rivers Program Oversight Committee and its Environmental Advisory Committee from 2012 to 2020