• Curator of Archaeology, Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Associate Professor, Anthropology Department

Research Summary

I bring a strong interdisciplinary background to archaeology with technical expertise in archaeobotany and paleoecology. Plant remains found in archeological sites, provide clues to local resources and past climates that help define human dietary patterns through time. This allows me to explore how people coped with environmental change during the late Pleistocene and Holocene in western North America, with a particular focus on the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology Department, University of Washington. Project: The Ecology of Human Diets during the Holocene at North Creek Shelter, Utah
  • M.A. , Anthropology Department, University of Washington
  • M.A. , Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno. Project: Changes in Vegetation and Human Adaptation from the latest Pleistocene to late Holocene in the eastern Great Basin: the Blue Lake pollen record.
  • B.A., Psychology and Biology, Mills College