Bush turkey processing with Byron Ryan in Karlamilyi (2019).

Bush turkey processing with Byron Ryan in Karlamilyi (2019).

Exploring Country with Sandra Nixon (2017)

Exploring Country with Sandra Nixon (2017)

 

I am a fourth year PhD student in the Anthropology department and the HDNRE dual-title degree program at Penn State University. I am primarily interested in hunter-gatherer mobility and the ecological functions offered through the subsistence activities of non-agricultural societies. I work with Martu, a group of Indigenous Australians whose homelands lie in the northwest regions of the Western Desert. More specifically, my dissertation research seeks to understand how Martu influence the distribution and abundance of economically important plants past and present through landscape burning and seed dispersing behaviors, and the degree to which these ecological functions may have in influencing both the formation of social processes and the trade-offs individuals face when choosing to utilize a landscape. I approach these interests within an evolutionary framework primarily by way of human behavioral ecology and archaeology, and specialize in GIS, landscape modeling, and remote-sensing