I am an anthropologically trained archaeologist with interests in hazards and disaster research. As an archaeologist, my research emphasis is on potential disruptions to traditional technological systems and the roles of traditional technologies in post-disaster coping. Most often my work examines the long-term legacies of disaster—over the course of decades or generations. I received my Ph.D. from the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona (UA) in 2012. I have taught at the University of Arizona and Eckerd College.
My current regional expertise is Northern Plains archaeology and anthropology. However, I maintain interests in the American Southwest. Over the last decade, I have conducted archaeological and anthropological research in North Dakota and Montana in collaboration with the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, State Historical Society of North Dakota, National Park Service, and numerous Plains tribes.