Broadly, I call myself an environmental archaeologist as I work to explore how past people interacted with and related to both “natural” and “built” environments. Currently, I’m a PhD candidate in anthropology and archaeology at Washington State University. I earned undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Communication in 2013 from SUNY Geneseo. After working with the Student Conservation Association, I completed my M.A. at Washington State University in 2016 before moving to the PhD program.
I use paleoethnobotanical and geoarchaeological tools to investigate relationships between people, plants, and soils across environments, space and time. Lately, I’ve primarily worked in the Intermountain West along the Rocky Mountains of North America. My dissertation research explores how people in northwestern North America used and managed plant foods, with a particular focus on camas (Camassia spp.). I’m also interested in the architectural signatures of past Columbia-Fraser Plateau places and employ feminist, Indigenous, and agency-focused lens’ to re-frame past and present discussions on regional household archaeology. I’m strongly committed to collaborative, inclusive, and multi-vocal archaeology and anthropology, and to bridging gaps between cultural resource management, academia, and the communities who have lived in the Plateau region since time immemorial.
While I’ve spent much of the last six years working throughout the Columbia-Fraser Plateau in the interior northwest, I’ve also worked in California, Wyoming, Kentucky, Ohio, and New York. I have experience in cultural resource management with U.S. national forests, private firms, and tribal sovereign nations, and authored several technical reports in those roles. If you are interested in any of those reports, please just ask! I am also a member of an international team investigating high-altitude agricultural adaptations in Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan Province, China, led by my adviser.