I'm an archaeological scientist who mainly works with geological techniques. My principal research focus is examining the effect of climate variation on human evolution. I am undertaking this research on sediments from archaeological rock shelter sites in South Africa, Indonesia and Australia that have long records of human occupation. I am applying methods including geophysics, sediment analysis and isotope geochemistry to develop new climate proxies and understand the depositional history of these sites.
A related area of interest, which I first developed during my PhD, is the isotopic and trace element analysis of biogenic materials (including tooth, bone and otoliths) to examine mobility, diet, maternal behaviour and climate. This includes the analysis of the mobility of animals in Palaeolithic France and Israel, the maternal behaviour of early hominins and the diet and mobility of colonialera migrants in Adelaide. This research makes use of recent developments in the field of laser ablation analysis to undertake spatially resolved in-situ measurements.
I'm also interested in the investigating archaeological sites on a landscape scale, taking advantage of new advances in survey technology, including RTK GPS, UAV’s and multi-sensor geophysical instruments. Specific projects include investigating the spatial organisation of Neolithic and classical archaeological sites in Greece, the transition to pastoralism in Mongolia, examination of Angkorian and post-Angkorian period sites in Cambodia, studying rock art sites in Northern Australia, investigating the history of frontier conflict in the South Australian Riverland and examining Indigenous relationships to food on a landscape scale on Cape York.
I have held academic appointments as a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, a Research Associate at Homerton College and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies. I've also worked in commercial roles for Precipice Training, Archaeometry Pty Ltd and Ecophyte Technologies.
PhD, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University
BA, English and History, University of Queensland
BSc (Hons), Earth Sciences, University of Queensland
Editorial Board Member:
HG Andrewartha Medalist, Royal Society of South Australia, 2021
Early Career Research Excellence Award, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, 2019
Chief Investigator on ARC Discovery Grant #DP220102926 Morphodynamics and History of the Younghusband Peninsula
Chief Investigator on ARC Linkage Grant #LP200200803 Rockshelters and Rock Art in the River Murray Gorge: New Data and Syntheses
Chief Investigator on ARC LIEF Grant #LE210100037 A National Facility for the 3D Imaging of the Near Surface
Chief Investigator on ARC LIEF Grant #LE210100183 An ICP-ToF-MS facility for environmental, mineral and biological sciences
Chief Investigator on ARC LIEF Grant #LE200100022 New frontier in Geoscience: A tandem trace element and isotopes facility
Chief Investigation on ARC LIEF grant #LE180100185 Mass spectrometry for next generation isotope analysis of silicate minerals
Chief Investigator on ARC Linkage grant #LP170100050 Indigenous foodways in colonial Cape York Peninsula
Chief Investigation of ARC Linkage grant # LP170100479 White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland’s Colonial Frontier
Chief Investigator of ARC DECRA grant #DE160100703 for The Drumbeat of Human Evolution: Climate Proxies from Rockshelter Sediments
Chief Investigator of ANSTO Grant A Radiocarbon Chronology for the Transition to Pastoralism from the Soyo Archaeological Site
Chief Investigator of George Chaloupka Fellowship from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory for the project Seeing Beneath the Surface: Applying Geophysical Techniques to Rock Art Research
Won the Australian Archaeological Association Best Student Presentation Paper (Archaeological Science) -
Obtained a Digital Globe Imagery Grant -
Was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Bursary by the Australian Federation of University Women-South Australia -
I have worked collaboratively with the following community organisations:
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