I am an Evaluation Officer with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. I previously worked as a Social Science Analyst at the Smithsonian Institution Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A). In my current role I help demonstrate the impact on society of Federal dollars distributed to museums and libraries through IMLS grant programs. I draw on my four-field anthropological training in all apects of my work and stay current with relevant anthropological and cultural heritage literature.
I received my Ph.D. in 2010 from the Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University under the direction of Dr. William A. Lovis. My dissertation work focused on phytolith and starch analysis of Woodland period ceramic residues to identify maize and other plant use in the Great Lakes. This work was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. In addition to my phytolith, pollen, and starch studies, my research interests include the archaeology of eastern North America and Europe, low-level food production, hunter-gatherers, and environmental archaeology.
My previous positions include a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010-2011) at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Indiana University, and Visiting Instructor at Alma College (2009-2010). My previous and present work associated with the Glenn Black Lab is focused on food production and landscape reconstruction at the Angel Mounds site as well as on late Pleistocene and Holocene paleoenvironmental studies and human landscape use and modification in the lower Ohio River Valley. I am also continuing my research on hunter-gatherer plant use and low-level food production within Northeastern North America.
Experimental Assessment of Maize Phytolith and Starch Taphonomy in Carbonized Cooking Residues Journal of Archaeological Science, 2011 (primary author)
Hardwood Ash Nixtamalization May Lead to False Negatives for the Presence of Maize by Depleting Bulk deltaC13 in Carbonized Residues Journal of Archaeological Science, 2011 (third author)