My research falls primarily into two pathways focusing either on human pyrogeography or on behavioral geoarchaeology. I have active projects in both pathways and I encourage undergraduate and graduate student involvement in both.
Much like anthropology is the holistic study of humanity, pyrogeography is the holistic study of fire on earth. As an archaeologist, most of my pyrogeographic research focuses on the human dimension of fire, although to support this work, I sometimes engage in fire science independent of an archaeological dimension.
Geoarchaeology is the application of earth science methods and techniques to archaeological research problems. Behavioral geoarchaeology is a sub-field that emphasizes the application of earth science methods and techniques to the inference or reconstruction of human behavior.