I am a biological anthropologist and archaeologist. My research combines skeletal analysis and archaeological excavation with stable isotope analyses of human and animal bones to gain insights about past practices of food production, distribution, and consumption. I am particularly interested in how various food procurement systems have differentially impacted human health and relationships with the natural environment.
My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Sigma Xi, an IGERT Fellowship, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the University of California, and Iowa State University. Some of my recent research has focused on reconstructing food production systems at the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan, reconstructing patterns of ancient Maya diet and residential mobility, and studying the origins of agriculture in the Tehuacan Valley of Mexico.