Holmes Semken

Holmes Semken
Professor Emeritus
(319) 335-1830
120C TH
Research Interests: 
Vertebrate Paleontology

Quaternary vertebrate paleontology with emphasis on the paleoecology of Pleistocene and Holocene micromammals, zooarchaeology of archaeological sites on the northern Great Plains. 


Semken, Holmes A. Jr., and Carl R. Falk. In Press.  Micromammal species diversity, rodent infestation and the paleoecology of two little ice-age earthlodge villages in central North Dakota. IN Archaeology, Biogeography, and Zooarchaeology: A Tribute to the Legacy and Career of James L. Theler (Matthew G. Hill, Ed.). The Wisconsin Archeologist: (2014, 95(2):

Fulton, Tara L. Ryan W. Norris, Russell W. Graham, Holmes A. Semken Jr. 2013.  Ancient DNA supports southern survival of Richardson's collared lemming (Dicrostonyx richardsoni) during the last glacial maximumMolecular Ecology 22:  2540–2548. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12267

Semken, Holmes A., Jr., Russell W. Graham and Thomas W. Stafford, Jr. 2010.  AMS 14C analysis of Late Pleistocene non-analog faunal components from 21 cave deposits in southeastern North America. Quaternary International 217: 240-255. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2009.11.031