Elizabeth ReitzElizabeth Jean "Betsy" Reitz is a zooarchaeologist and professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Georgia. In 2012, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2014, she was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was the "recipient of the 2016 Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Archaeology... The 2016 Fryxell Award specifically recognizes a scholar who has made significant contributions in the application of the zoological sciences in archaeology." She is a member of the Committee of Honor of the International Council for Zooarchaeology (ICAZ).
"Reitz has worked throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and the southeastern United States, studying vertebrate remains from coastal archaeological sites dating from the late Pleistocene era into the 20th century." Her work includes collaborations with local residents of areas in which she is working as well as overseeing a large (over 4200 specimen) zooarchaeological collection in the Georgia Museum of Natural History.
A reviewer for the ''Canadian Journal of Archaeology'' praised Reitz and Wing's book, ''Zooarchaeology'' as "the best available introductory text on the subject for undergraduate students".
She has been credited for having "done more than any other individual to advance the subfield of historical zooarchaeology".
Lyman notes that she is a "vocal advocate for using bone weight allometry as a measure of taxonomic abundance". Provided by Wikipedia