Researcher biography

I research faunal remains at archaeological sites to reconstruct patterns in past subsistence economies to understand how people responded to large-scale climate and environmental change. I am also interested in site formation and understanding the taphonomic processes affecting bone assemblages.

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 Pleistocene- and Holocene-aged faunal remains from 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 subsistence practices 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 the manner in which people subsequently navigated large-scale shifts in climate and local environment.

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