I have an experienced background in archaeology, zooarchaeology and professional practice. My primary research interests are in the complex connections between humans and animals through time. My work in this area rangers from Neolithic animal burials to monkeys in 19th century London. My approach is often to integrate zoological data from archaeological sites with other forms of material culture and wider theoretical discussions. I also have a particular interest in the Roman archaeology of the North-west and co-lead the UCLan Ribchester Revisited project. Much of my professional life has been spent in the commercial sphere of archaeology, and I therefore have an interest in how planning lead archaeology operates and its link with archaeological research.