Monica Tromp is a microbioarchaeologist who specializes in plant micro particle analysis. Most of her work has focused on the extraction and identification of starch granules and phytoliths from dental calculus and sediments in the Pacific.
Currently, her main interests include:
– The role of plants throughout human migration into and the settlement of the Pacific region
– Arboriculture in Southeast Asia, Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific region
– Method development for extraction of multiple data sets from dental calculus
– Using ancient dental calculus to examine the health and migration of humans
– Exploring environmental and dietary markers found in dental calculus