I am the Kowalski Family Teaching Specialist for Digital Archaeology in the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology.
I am an anthropological archaeologist interested in the relationships between peoples of the past and the built and natural landscapes in which they lived. I use geographic information science (GIS), aerial and satellite remote sensing, and archaeological geophysics, to analyze ways in which landscapes influenced patterns of settlement and land use, as well as the ways in which past people transformed the environment around them.
I have current research projects in southwest Asia, the Mediterranean, and here in the United States. I study patterns of settlement and human interaction with landscapes surrounding large urban centers in Asia and the Mediterranean, as part of long-term excavation and survey projects in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. In the Mediterranean, I help lead a multi-year research project at Mozia in Sicily. My projects in North America concentrate on the mound-building societies of the Midwest USA, and on African American mortuary landscapes here in the Philadelphia region.