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My research explores human-environment interactions through evaluating how decisions about land use and agricultural practices affect individual health and sociopolitical relationships. I use archaeological excavation, geoarchaeology, isotopes, and spatial analysis to understand how the agricultural and land use practices of the Chincha were affected by the extractive economies of the Inca and Spanish. My current research focuses on understanding how the use of guano as a potent fertilizer affected crop selection and agricultural production.




Imperial expansion, economic exchange, sociopolitical strategies, human-environment interaction, urbanism, analytical methods, mortuary practices

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2013-2020

PhD and MA

Teaching Experience

Ancient Economies, North American Archaeology, American Addictions, Aztec Maya Inca, Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Archaeological Field Methods

University of California, San Diego, 2008-2011


September 2020- September 2022

Richard Gilder Graduate School, at the American Museum of Natural History

Kalbfleisch Postdoctoral Fellow



Developing Courses

Paleo-FAD, Analytical Methods in Archaeology, Politics Art and Architecture in the Ancient Americas, The Archaeology of Bureaucracy

September 2022-Present

American Museum of Natural History

Research Scientist

January to May 2023

Appalachian State University

Adjunct Instructor

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