Archaeology is most meaningful when it is collaborative and multidisciplinary. Conducting community engaged or directed research is an important part of how I work. The results of archaeological research are enriched when community members are included throughout the research process, and my projects reflect a commitment to bringing community members into the archaeological process.
I work across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, with the majority of my research focused on maritime foragers. My research and scholarly work falls into three interconnected areas of interest, focused on coastal hunter-gatherers in Northern Alaska and the Pacific Northwest: 1) study of past human-environment interactions, or human ecodynamics, in hunter-gatherer groups, 2) hunter-gatherer technologies, and 3) applied archaeology. My work is informed by Indigenous archaeological theory, feminist theory, and ecological approaches to studying the past. I have expertise in the analysis of hunter-gatherer technology and geoarchaeology, and I enjoy working on interdisciplinary teams.
Much of my work has an applied component, which keeps me connected to the world of cultural research management. I actively maintain several collaborations across state, federal, and Native organizations (e.g. National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Native Village of Kotzebue, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, etc.), and I continue to work in both the field and lab to provide training experiences for students while engaging them in my research.