I am an archaeological scientist interested in exploring the articulation between genetics, biogeography and material culture phylogeny to further theoretical, methodological and scientific advances in the field of human evolution. My research combines primary fieldwork in West and North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula with experimental and quantitative approaches integrated with diverse sources of information (e.g. genetic, palaeoclimate) in order to test competing hypotheses about human evolution.

I am leading the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funded aWARE project at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. aWARE is exploring West Africa's place in recent human evolution. I am also a visiting fellow at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford where I was formerly a British Academy Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College.

I previously held a Fyssen postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Bordeaux which followed a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Southampton, jointly funded by the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Sutasoma Trust.


  • 2018–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
  • 2014–2018
    Postdoctoral research fellow, British Academy/University of Oxford
  • 2013–2014
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Fyssen Foundation/University of Bordeaux


  • 2013 
    University of Southampton, PhD/Archaeological Science


Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute