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.