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Research fellow, University of Wollongong

I am a research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage at the University of Wollongong. As an archaeobotanist, I study charred plant macrofossils from ancient fireplaces to understand the diets of people in the past. I specialise in the analysis of root and tuber vegetables, a staple of Australian diets, and work closely with Traditional Owners to understand how different plant-processing practices can be seen archaeologically.

My PhD research, conducted at the School of Social Science, University of Queensland, focused on archaeobotanical analysis at Madjedbebe, a 65,000-year-old site on Mirarr Country in northern Australia. It explored long-term change and continuity in different plant-based foraging strategies, in comparison to local changes in climate, sea-level and vegetation.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Postdoctoral fellow , ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, University of Wollongong

Education

  • 2021 
    The University of Queensland, PhD Archaeology
  • 2013 
    The University of Queensland, Honours Class I Archaeology