I studied for my first degree (BA in History with a special paper in archaeology) at the University of Leeds, after which I moved onto the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield for an M.Sc. in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy (1991-1992). Not content with moving across the disciplines sufficiently, I then studied for my Ph.D. (entitled 'Human-Environment Relations on Bodmin Moor During the Holocene) in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Plymouth (1992-1996). Following that, I was fortunate to work in another geography department, in the University of Exeter, on a post-doctoral position on the now rather legendary Lisheen Mine Archaeology Project (1996-1998).
After that, I travelled back up north to the University of Hull and a job as palaeoenvironmentalist with the Humber Wetlands Project based in the Centre for Wetland Archaeology. The CWA subsequently morphed into the Wetland Archaeology and Environments Research Centre, where I worked on a range of commercial and research projects. I then headed to the Midlands and the University of Birmingham where I took up a post as a Project Manager and Research Fellow with Birmingham Archaeology, based in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity. This resulted in the establishment of Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental, a research and consultancy unit specialising in environmental and wetland archaeology. Finally, and following the effective demise of archaeology in the IAA (shortly after I took up a position as Lecturer...), I moved to my current post as Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at UCC.
I have a broad range of research interests in the areas of palaeoecology, wetland archaeology and alluvial geoarchaeology.