Welcome! I am an archaeologist and archaeobotanist with interests in prehistoric and historic food production systems, historical ecology, niche construction, and social change. Currently, I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Anthropology at American River College and Adjunct Faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College. 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.
Upon reflection, I have been a teacher even longer than I have been an archaeologist. I got my start in high school and college volunteering as a teaching assistant for a local science center, and my first job out of college was as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program,… Continue reading Teaching
I am an anthropological archaeologist interested in questions about how humans interact with the environments of which we are a part, especially the ways that we procure and produce food. Methodologically, the bulk of my work is archaeobotanical in nature — that is, I specialize in the study of plants from archaeological sites, especially macroremains… Continue reading Research
Archaeology is not just an esoteric field of study for academic curiosity. While I do think that learning about humanity’s past as seen through the material culture we leave behind has intrinsic value, archaeology speaks to many of the important social, political, and environmental issues of today. This is one of the reasons why most… Continue reading Outreach