Hugo Reyes-Centeno

Hugo Reyes-Centeno oversees the scientific projects conducted at the center. His research focuses on modern human origins and biocultural diversity. His doctoral dissertation tested models of the modern human out-of-Africa process, applying quantitative genetic and population genetic methods to anatomical and genomic data. His current and ongoing projects deal with the anatomical diversity of Middle-Late Pleistocene humans, with a geographical focus on East Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition, he conducts research on the association between anatomical, genetic, and linguistic diversity in recent human populations. More broadly, his scientific interests are in primate biological and cultural evolution, evolutionary theory, and the history and philosophy of science. Hugo Reyes-Centeno has participated in paleontological and archaeological field work in France, Italy, and Spain. He completed his undergraduate degree in the department of anthropological sciences at Stanford University, his masters degree in the department of biology and evolution at the University of Ferrara, and his doctoral degree in the institute of archaeological sciences at the University of Tübingen. He is an alumnus of the Erasmus Mundus and EVEREST graduate programs.
Personal Data
BirthplaceLagos de Moreno, Jalisco, México
Birthdate9 April 1986
CitizenshipsEstados Unidos Mexicanos (México)
United States of America (USA)
ResidenceTübingen, Baden-Württenberg, Germany
Academic Background
2012 - 2015University of Tübingen
Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude), Archaeological Sciences
2010 - 2012University of Ferrara
M.Sc. (Laurea magistrale, Honors), Quaternary Science and Prehistory
2003 - 2008Stanford University
B.A. Honors, Anthropological Sciences
Academic Positions
2015 - presentUniversity of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Scientific Coordinator, DFG Center for Advanced Studies “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools”
2012 - 2015Senckenberg Nature Research Society, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany
Research Assistant, Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment, University of Tübingen
2008 - 2010Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
Admission Counselor, Office of Undergraduate Admission
2006 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Intern, Department of Human Evolution
Fieldwork Experience
2020Apo Anno Cave (Late Holocene), Buguias, Philippines
2017Quebrada Jaguay / Pampa Colorada (Terminal Pleistocene to Holocene), Arequipa, Perú
2007 - 2012Atapuerca, Castilla y León, Spain
Gran Dolina TD-10 (Middle Pleistocene) and El Mirador (Holocene) sites
2011Pirro Nord (Early Pleistocene), Puglia, Italy
2006 - 2009Les Cottés (Middle-Late Pleistocene), Vienne, France
2006Jonzac “Chez Pinaud” (Middle-Late Pleistocene), Charente-Maritime, France
Field School of the University of Bordeaux I and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Pech-de-l'Azé I (Middle-Late Pleistocene), Dordogne, France
Laboratory Experience
since 2012University of Tübingen Museum, Germany
2016Ministry of Culture, Arequipa, Perú
2011 - 2012National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France
2007Museum of Anatomy, University of Florence, Italy
2007Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria
2006Institute for Anatomy, Leipzig University, Saxony, Germany
2006California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA
2005Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University, California, USA
Teaching Experience
Graduate Courses
2017-2019Modern Human Origins
2012-2019Imaging and Morphometrics
2015-2016Crash Course in Human Osteology
Undergraduate Courses
2017-2019 Introduction to Archaeological Sciences II: Bioarchaeology
2015 - 2016Introduction to evolutionary theory
2014-2015Osteology II: Sex and Aging of the Human Skeleton
Professional Development
2017Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Certification: Radiation protection for X-ray systems, 27 January, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
2016University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Workshop: Project management for researchers; Instructor: Nils Rescke
2016University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Workshop: Motivating your staff – situational leadership style and goal oriented discussion techniques; Instructor: Angelina Topan
2015University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Course: Introduction to computational paleogenetics. Instructor: Alexander Herbig
2015Center for Paleontological Restoration and Interpretation (CRIP), Catalonia, Spain
Course: Geometric morphometrics and phylogeny; Instructor: Christian Klingenberg
2013Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, via Coursera.org
Courses: Data analysis and computing for data analysis; Instructors: J Leek and Roger D. Peng
2011National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France
Intensive Program: Prehistory at the crossroads of science and conservation; Instructors: Nicholas Conard, Claire Gaillard, Margherita Mussi, Luiz Oosterbeek, Carlo Peretto, Robert Sala Ramos, Nuria Sanz, and François Sémah
2011York-Hull Medical School. York, England
Course: Geometric Morphometrics; Instructors: Andrea Cardini and Paul O’Higgins
2010EVAN Toolbox Training and “Virtual Anthropology meets Biomechanics” Workshop, Vienna, Austria
21-22 October
2010European Center for Prehistory Research (CERP), Isernia, Italy
Conservation, Tourism, and Risk Management Workshop, 14-15 October.
2008California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Sacramento, California, USA
Certification: California Basic Educational Skills
2007Atapuerca Foundation, Burgos, Spain
Second International Seminar “Human Paleoecology: New Advances.” 6-9 November.
2002 - 2003Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA
Courses: Undergraduate curriculum in anthropology; Advisor: Paul Naamon
2002California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
Courses: Art History and American Literature; TRIO Upward Bound Math & Science
Grants, Scholarships, and Honors
2020-2023Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Program
2,359,800 EUR
(H2020-MSCA-RISE-2019), European Commission
Co-Investigator & Steering Committee Member, Project OCSEAN “Oceanic and Southeast Asian Navigators: Probing the genetic diversity and demographic history of ancient seafarers in Island
Southeast Asia and Oceania, from archaic hominins to the dispersal of the Malayo-Polynesian language family” (RISE-873207-OCSEAN)
2020-2023German Research Foundation, DFG Center for Advanced Studies
3,408,600 EUR
Co-investigator & Scientific Coordinator, Project: “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking linguistic, cultural, and biological trajectories of the human past” (DFG FOR 2237, renewal)
2015 - 2019German Research Foundation, DFG Center for Advanced Studies
3,307,800 EUR
Co-investigator & Scientific Coordinator, Project: “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking linguistic, cultural, and biological trajectories of the human past” (DFG FOR 2237)
2010 - 2012Erasmus Mundus student scholarship, European Commission
34,000 EUR
2008American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) student poster competition winner, social sciences category
2007 - 2008Undergraduate Research & Travel Grants, Stanford University
6,400 USD
2006Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation
6,000 EUR
2005Pritzker Summer Scholars, Stanford University, 700 USD
2004Education and Youth Development Fellowship, Stanford University
2003W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarship, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Peer-reviewed journal articles
2019
Urban M, Reyes-Centeno H, Bellamy KR, Pache MJ. The areal typology of western Middle and South America: Towards a comprehensive view. Linguistics 57(6):1403-1463 doi:10.1515/ling-2019-0032
2018
Posth C, Nakatsuka N, Lazaridis I, Skoglund P, Mallick S, Lamnidis TC, Rohland N, Nägele K, Adamski N, Bertolini E, Broomandkhoshbacht N, Cooper A, Culleton BJ, Ferraz T, Ferry M, Furtwängler A, Haak W, Harkins K, Harper TK, Hünemeier T, Lawson AM, Llamas B, Michel M, Nelson E, Oppenheimer J, Patterson N, Schiffels S, Sedig J, Stewardson K, Talamo S, Wang C-C, Hublin J-J, Hubbe M, Harvati K, Nuevo Delaunay A, Beier J, Francken M, Kaulicke P, Reyes-Centeno H, Rademaker K, Trask WR, Robinson M, Gutierrez SM, Prufer KM, Salazar-García DC, Chim EN, Müller Plumm Gomes L, Alves ML, Liryo A, Inglez M, Oliveira RE, Bernardo DV, Barioni A, Wesolowski V, Scheifler NA, Rivera MA, Plens CR, Messineo PG, Figuti L, Corach D, Scabuzzo C, Eggers S, DeBlasis P, Reindel M, Méndez C, Politis G, Tomasto-Cagigao E, Kennett DJ, Strauss A, Fehren-Schmitz L, Krause J, and Reich D. Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central and South America. Cell 175(5):1185-1197. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2018.10.027
2017
Reyes-Centeno H, Rathmann H, Hanihara T, and Harvati K. Testing modern human out-of-Africa dispersal models using dental non-metric data. Current Anthropology 58(S17):S406-417. doi:10.1086/694423
Rathmann H, Reyes-Centeno H, Ghirotto S, Creanza N, Hanihara T, and Harvati K. Reconstructing human population history from dental phenotypes. Scientific Reports 7(1):12495. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-12621-y
article within top 100 read papers in 2017
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Reyes-Centeno H, Ghirotto S, and Harvati K. 2017. Genomic validation of the differential preservation of population history in modern human cranial anatomy. Am J Phys Anthropol 162(1):170-179 DOI:10.1002/ajpa.23060.
2016
Reyes-Centeno H, Harvati K, and Jäger G. 2016. Tracking modern human population history from linguistic and cranial phenotype. Scientific Reports 6(36645):1-9.
Quaternary International Cover
Reyes-Centeno H Out of Africa and into Asia: Fossil and genetic evidence on modern human origins and dispersals. Quaternary International. 416:249-262 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.11.063
2015
Reyes-Centeno H, Hubbe M, Hanihara T, Stringer C, and Harvati K. 2015. Testing modern human out-of-Africa dispersal models and implications for modern human origins. Journal of Human Evolution.
2014
20.coverReyes-Centeno H, Ghirotto S, Détroit F, Grimaud-Hervé D, Barbujani G, and Harvati K. 2014. Genomic and cranial phenotype data support multiple modern human dispersals from Africa and a southern route into Asia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111(20):7248-7253. dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1323666111
PNAS Commentary
Der Standard (Austria)
Die Welt (Germany)
El Pais (Spain)
Forbes (USA)
Le Scienze (Italy)
New Scientist (UK)
O Globo (Brazil)
To Vima (Greece)
Reports
2019Bosman AM, Buck LT, Reyes-Centeno H, Mirazón Lahr M, Stringer C, and Harvati K. The Kabua I cranium: Virtual anatomical reconstructions. In Modern Human Origins and Dispersal, ed. by Sahle Y, Reyes-Centeno H, Bentz C. Tübingen: Kerns Verlag.
2018Francken M, Baier J, Reyes-Centeno H, Harvati K, and Rademaker K. The Human Skeletal Remains from Cuncaicha Rock Shelter, Peru. In New Perspectives on the Peopling of the Americas, ed. by Harvati K, Jäger G, and Reyes-Centeno H. Tübingen: Kerns Verlag. pp. 125-152.
2018Sahle Y, Reyes-Centeno H, and Bentz C. Modern human origins and dispersal: Current state of knowledge and future directions. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews 27(2):64-67. doi:10.1002/evan.21573
2015Reyes-Centeno H, Mentzer SM, and Kandel AW. Fourth annual meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews 24(1):1-2. doi:10.1002/evan.21438
2014Kandel AW, Mentzer SM, Noback ML, and Reyes-Centeno H. 2014. Third annual meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews 23(2):45-46. doi:10.1002/evan.21407
Conference Abstracts
Accepted
Rathmann H, Reyes-Centeno H. Testing the utility of different ASUDAS dental trait combinations for biodistance analysis. 9th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution (ESHE). 19-21 September 2019, Liège, Belgium. [Poster]
Bosman A, Buck L, Reyes-Centeno H, Stringer C, and Harvati K. Filling in the gaps: Virtual reconstruction of the Kabua I cranium. East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP) Sixth Biennial Conference. 30 July – 2 August, Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Reyes-Centeno H and Harvati K. Anatomical affinities of the Mumba X cranium from Tanzania. East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP) Sixth Biennial Conference. 30 July – 2 August, Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2019
Reyes-Centeno H. The emergence of modern human anatomy in the African Pleistocene: Fossil and genomic perspectives. Eastern African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP) Seventh Biennial Conference. 1-4 August 2019, National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya. [Podium]
Camarós E, Carnicero S, Cabazón AR, Vallejo-Llano J, Reyes-Centeno H, Pereda E, Bolado R, Arias P. Traumatismo cranial y otras patologías en el cráneo del Castro de las Rabas (Cantabria): ¿Evidencia de violencia en la segunda edad del hierro? XV Congreso Nacional e Internacional de Paleopatología. 27-28 June 2019, Granada, Spain. [Poster]
Reyes-Centeno H, Stringer C, and Harvati K. Bony labyrinth morphology of the Broken Hill, Eyasi I, and Kabua I hominin fossils. 88th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA). 27-30 March 2019, Cleveland, USA. [Podium]
Arner AM, Grogan KE, Reyes-Centeno H, Grabowski M, and Perry GH. Evolutionary genomic patterns of recent natural selection on body size sexual dimorphism in Homo sapiens. 88th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA). 27-30 March 2019, Cleveland, USA. [Podium]
Francken M, Baier J, Reyes-Centeno H, Harvati K, and Rademaker K. Assessment of the living conditions of Holocene Andean inhabitants of Cuncaicha rock shelter, Peru. 88th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA). 27-30 March 2019, Cleveland, USA. [Poster]
2018
2017
Reyes-Centeno H and Rademaker K. Maximizing interdisciplinary research in the study of human evolution: The case of Cuncaicha (Arequipa, Peru). Human Evolution: Fossils, Ancient and Modern Genomes. 20-22 November 2017, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, United Kingdom. [Poster]
Reyes-Centeno H. The Mumba Rockshelter (Tanzania) and its relevance to modern human origins. Third annual symposium of the DFG Center for Advanced Studies, “Modern human origins and dispersal.” University of Tübingen, 3-5 November. [Podium]
Rathmann H, Reyes-Centeno H, Ghirotto S, Creanza N, Hanihara T, and Harvati K. Can dental morphology be used as a proxy for neutral genomic data in studies of human relatedness? 21–23 September, 7th annual meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Leiden, The Netherlands. [Poster]
Reyes-Centeno H and Harvati K. Anatomical affinities of the Mumba X cranium from Tanzania. East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP) Sixth Biennial Conference. 30 July – 2 August, Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. [Podium]
Bosman A, Buck L, Reyes-Centeno H, Stringer C, and Harvati K. Filling in the gaps: Virtual reconstruction of the Kabua I cranium. East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP) Sixth Biennial Conference. 30 July – 2 August, Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. [Podium]
Reyes-Centeno H. Tracking modern human population history from linguistic and cranial phenotype. Phylogenetic Methods in Historical Linguistics Workshop and Conference. 27-30 March, University of Tübingen, Germany.
2016
Reyes-Centeno H, Ghirotto S, and Harvati K. Genomic validation of the differential preservation of population history in modern human cranial anatomy. 85th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. 13-16 April, Atlanta, USA. Invited poster session: Bioarchaeology. [Poster]
Reyes-Centeno H, Uhl A, Kranioti E, Harvati K. Inner ear form of the Middle Pleistocene cranium from Petralona Cave (Chalkidiki, Greece). Paleoanthropology at the Gates of Europe (PaGE) Meeting. 1-4 December, University of Tübingen, Germany.
Reyes-Centeno H. Early modern human dispersals: Testing hypotheses using modern skeletal variation. Human dispersals in the Late Pleistocene: Interdisciplinary approaches toward understanding the worldwide expansion of Homo sapiens. 8-10 November, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany.
Reyes-Centeno H, Rathmann H, Hanihara T, and Harvati K. Testing modern human out-of-Africa dispersal models using dental non-metric data. Wenner-Gren Symposium: Human Colonization of Asia in the Late Pleistocene. 18-24 March, Lisbon, Portugal.
2015
Jäger G, Harvati K, and Reyes-Centeno H. Words and bones: Combining linguistic and phenotypic data to probe deep history. Causality in the Language Sciences Meeting. 13-15 April, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. [Podium]
Reyes-Centeno H. Modern human phenotypic and genetic diversity in Southeast Asia. Meeting of the UISPP Commission on Southeast Asia: Human Evolution, Dispersals, and Adaptations. 26-30 December 2015. Universiti Sains Malaysia: Penang, Malaysia.
2014
Reyes-Centeno H. Out of Africa and into Asia: Population and quantitative genetic perspectives on Pleistocene modern human migrations. XVII Congress of the International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP). 1-7 September, Burgos, Spain. [Podium]
Reyes-Centeno H, Buck L, Stringer C, and Harvati K. The inner ear of the Eyasi I (Tanzania) and Kauba I (Kenya) hominin fossils. The African Human Fossil Record. 26-27 September, Toulouse, France. [Poster]
Harvati K and Reyes-Centeno H. Testing modern human out-of-Africa models: population genetic and craniometric approaches. 4th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution. 18-20 September, University of Florence, Italy. [Podium]
Harvati K, Jäger G, and Reyes-Centeno H. Words and bones: Correlations between phenotypical and linguistic distances between populations. Workshop on Historical and Empirical Evolutionary Linguistics. 15-16 February 2014, University of Tübingen, Germany.
2013
Reyes-Centeno H, Ghirotto S, Détroit F, Grimaud-Hervé D, Barbujani G, and Harvati K. Testing the "Negrito" hypothesis: modern human phenotypic and genetic diversity in Asia. 3rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution. 19-21 September, University of Vienna, Austria. [Poster]
2008
Reyes-Centeno, H. The Etruscans: A geometric morphometrics cranial study. American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting. 14-18 February, Boston, USA. [Poster]
 

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