I am a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Northwestern University. My dissertation research, Fornbýli Landscape and Archaeological Survey on Hegranes (FLASH), aims to investigate the relationship between anthropogenic environmental change in medieval Iceland and the creation, abandonment, and reuse of marginal settlements. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation, and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. I work in collaboration with the Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey, a join project of the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Skagafjörður Heritage Museum. For ongoing updates about my work in Iceland, please visit my research blog.
My work at Northwestern, and my previous MA work at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has taken me to Iceland, Greenland, England, Dominica, and all over the northeastern US. At Northwestern, I have worked with Matthew Johnson on the Elite Landscapes in Southern England project in collaboration with the University of Southampton. I have also carried out preliminary research on medieval settlement in the Dartmoor landscape (see my CV and Academia page, in the sidebar). My research interests include social dimensions of environmental and landscape change; connecting past examples of environmental sustainability to modern problems, such as climate change; colonization, colonialism, and historical archaeology of the North Atlantic; and the application of remote sensing, geophysical, and GIS technologies to archaeological questions. From 2011-2012 I worked in the GIS department at the Massachusetts Historical Commission, where I developed their online map of historical resources: MACRIS Maps. I also have previous degrees and work experience in aerospace engineering.
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Also, I used to be a Girl Scout, and have been providing the internet with this collection of song lyrics for .. oh dear, almost two decades.
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