DPhil (PhD) candidate, University of Oxford

I am a forensic anthropologist and osteoarchaeologist. I am currently undertaking my PhD (DPhil) in archaeological science at the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar, where I am also employed as a Junior Dean by St Peter's College. I am also a consulting member to the Cranfield Recovery and Identification of Conflict Casualties Team, providing my assistance as a forensic anthropologist.

I have 12 years experience working for the Australian Federal Police. I have also been seconded to the United Nations Police as an investigator in response to the civil unrest experienced in Timor-Leste in 2006-2007, and as a Policing Advisor to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia (2011-2012).

My PhD falls under the gamut of archaeological science, with a focus on human osteology and stable isotope analysis. I am currently researching the transition to maize agriculture in central Chile (the southern periphery of agriculture in the Americas) and its impact on human health.

Experience

  • –present
    DPhil candidate in Archaeological Science, University of Oxford

Education

  • 2014 
    Australian National University, MA Forensic Anthropology (Hons. 1st)
  • 2003 
    Australian Federal Police College, Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)
  • 2003 
    Bond University, BA (Criminology)

Publications

  • 2017
    Dieta Prehispánica en la Región de Valparaíso, Chile Central: Evidencia del Análisis de Isótopos Estables de Carbono y Nitrógeno de Colágeno Óseo Humano de las Colecciones del Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaíso, Anales del Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaíso
  • 2016
    The Death of Kaakutja: A Case of Perimortem Weapon Trauma in an Aboriginal Man from Northwest New South Wales, Australia, Antiquity
  • 2015
    Skeletal Arsenic of the Pre-Columbian Population of Caleta Vitor, Northern Chile, Journal of Archaeological Science
  • 2013
    Retention of hunter-gatherer economies among maritime foragers from Caleta Vitor, northern Chile, during the late Holocene: Evidence from stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis of skeletal remains, Journal of Archaeological Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    School of Archaeology Research Award
    Role:
    Investigator
    Funding Source:
    School of Archaeology, University of Oxford
  • 2018
    Meyerstein Award
    Role:
    Investigator
    Funding Source:
    School of Archaeology, University of Oxford
  • 2017
    NRCF Grant (NF2017/1/5)
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council / Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK
  • 2017
    W.E Nicholson Award
    Role:
    Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Jesus College, University of Oxford
  • 2016
    Santander Academic Travel Award
    Role:
    Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Santander
  • 2015
    Clarendon Scholarship
    Role:
    DPhil Candidate
    Funding Source:
    The University of Oxford Clarendon Fund / Oxford University Press
  • 2015
    Bond University Alumni Scholarship
    Role:
    DPhil studies at University of Oxford
    Funding Source:
    Bond University Alumni Association
  • 2015
    Jesus College Old Member's Award
    Role:
    DPhil Candidate
    Funding Source:
    Jesus College, University of Oxford
  • 2012
    AINSE Research Award (ALNGRA12131)
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • 2001
    Bond University Scholarship
    Role:
    Undergradute Studies
    Funding Source:
    Bond University

Professional Memberships

  • British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Royal Anthropological Institute

Honours

Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal (Government of Timor-Leste). United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste Medal (UN). Australian Federal Police Service Medal (AFP). Police Overseas Service Medal (AFP). Australian Federal Police Operations Medal, Operation Serene (AFP).