As a Neotropical palaeoecologist my research looks to reconstruct how humans and climate change have altered the tropical forests of South America through time. Working in the biodiverse cloud forests of Ecuador and the open savanna’s of northern Bolivia I use multi-proxy data (pollen, fungal spores, charcoal etc.) recovered from lake sediments to reconstruct past ecosystems in order that we may better understand their future. At the moment my work is focused on how pre-European indigenous peoples modified their environment and subsequently how tropical ecosystems responded to the depopulation of native peoples following arrival of Europeans in 1492 AD.
I joined the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences in 2018 as a post-doctoral research fellow working on the AHRC/NSF-funded project ‘Palaeoethnobotany and landscape domestication in south-western Amazonia’.