Elzanne Singels is a PhD candidate in the Archaeology Department at the University of Cape Town. She obtained her Masters in Science from Stellenbosch University in 2013 which focussed on indigenous edible plants in the Cape Floristic Region. Her expertise lie in the fields of ecology, ethnobotany, archaeology, biodiversity conservation and food security. Her current research focusses on geophyte plants, which possess underground storage organs, which were eaten as a staple by ancient humans. She is involved in various research and charity projects focused on food security and livelihood development in the Western Cape.