Uppsala University – Engelska parken, Thunbergsv 3 H (Box 626) 751 26 Uppsala, Sweden
I am a doctoral student in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University. I am taking an historical ecology approach to understanding human-landscape interactions in the Amboseli basin, Kenya over the last c.500 years. Historical ecology is a research program that I find particularly exciting as it situates humans as essential components of ecosystems. Historical ecology is a framework that encourages the generation of narratives regarding the past present and future of the ever changing landscapes on which we live.
I am also the student representative for the Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE) research network.
Prior to starting my PhD I worked as a graduate attachee at the British Institute of Eastern Africa in Nairobi where I had to opportunity to assist in a myriad of research endeavours and became thoroughly interested in the study of environmental archaeology in East Africa.
I completed my MSc degree in environmental archaeology in September 2012 at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. For my dissertation I examined Iron Age phytoliths from Qubur al-Walaydah, Israel to better understand the utilization of plant resources through time, and also the phytolith assemblage signatures associated with various on-site occupation contexts. I began my studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia where I was first exposed to archaeobotanical analysis and excavations in East Africa. Throughout the years I have also participated in archaeological projects in Fiji, British Columbia, Turkey, Jordan, and Kenya.
I am very excited to be a part of the REAL project, and I look forward to sharing my results over the course of my PhD. I am a strong believer in inter-disciplinary collaboration and past for future research themes and invite any and all queries about my work with REAL.
I also sometimes tweet about issues of interest to me.