Welcome! I am an anthropological archaeologist and archaeobotanist with interests in prehistoric and historic food production systems, historical ecology, niche construction, and social change. Currently, I am a Lecturer in Anthropology at Valdosta State University.
My research methods focus on phytolith and plant macroremain analysis, especially concerning the application of phytoliths to interpretation of the archaeological record. I completed my PhD in Anthropology at the University of Oregon in 2015. In my dissertation, Food Production, Environment, and Culture in the Tropical Pacific: Evidence for Prehistoric and Historic Plant Cultivation in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, I use archaeological landscape survey, along with ancient and modern botanical data, to examine managed agroforests in the Pacific. From 2015 to 2019, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar in Professor Li Liu’s laboratory at Stanford University. Recently, I have been working on projects in Micronesia, China, and elsewhere, while continuing to use phytolith, plant macroremain, and starch analysis to study ancient plant cultivation systems.