My active archaeobotanical projects investigate the role of processing technology and environmental determinates in diet choice in the Great Basin. This work involves characterizing past plant use via macro and microbotanical analysis, and establishing regional comparative databases of edible plants (https://nhmu.utah.edu/native-plants). Ongoing behavioral research investigates early human adaptations to environmentally-driven fire regimes.
- BA, Anthropology and Psychology, University of Montana
- MS, Anthropology: Evolutionary Ecology and Archaeology, University of Utah
- PhD, Anthropology: Evolutionary Ecology, University of Utah. Project: PRIMATE BEHAVIORAL RESPONSES TO BURNING AS A MODEL FOR HOMININ FIRE USE
I conduct research on the archaeological and behavioral outcomes of foraging decisions past and present. My research explores the links between foraging decisions, diet, and environmental change.