Researcher biography

I research animal skeletal remains at archaeological sites to reconstruct patterns in past diet to understand how people responded to large-scale climate, environmental and cultural change.

I completed my BSc in archaeology and zoology in 1997 at James Cook University, followed with honours in archaeology in 1998. My honours project focused on the animal remains from the Pleistocene- and Holocene-aged of Noala Cave, a rockshelter on the Montebello Islands off the Pilbara coast in Western Australia. Following this, I moved to North America and completed a MSc in marine geology at the University of Miami (2003) and a PhD in anthropology (archaeology) at the University of Arizona (2010). My PhD research focused on reconstructing past diet of peoples occupying the Upper Palaeolithic site of Vale Boi in southern Portugal. In 2012 I returned to Australia and Australian archaeology. My main research project seeks to understand the motivations behind the initial colonisation of northern Australia and New Guinea and the manner in which people subsequently navigated large-scale shifts in climate and local environment.

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