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I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow working at the University of York on proteomics of archaeological fish remains in Matthew Collins's lab. I received my PhD in biology and astrobiology from Penn State University under Dr. Beth Shapiro working with ancient DNA preservation in a wide range of contexts. I am firmly invested in interdisciplinary work and regularly work with people in geoscience, astrobiology, biology, chemistry, and archaeology.
I am interested in preservation of biomolecules in the archaeological record, use of animals by historic and prehistoric populations, and the use of the archeological record to inform current animal protection and conservation management strategies.
My current project aims to use collagen sequences to aid in fish bone identification in the archaeological record to reconstruct ancient diet and fishing (or fish farming) methods. I am also part of a broader team working on ancient fish remains across the globe creating a method to reconstruct the dynamics of ancient and historic fish populations to inform current conservation and management practices of commercially important fishing stocks.
My areas of interest include:
Newton International Fellow, British Academy (2015-2016)
NASA Space Grant Fellow (2010-2012)
Paul and Harriet Campbell Distinguished Graduate Fellow, Penn State (2009-2010)
Vagelos Scholar, University of Pennsylvania (2001-2006)