I am interested in human anatomy, contemporary human
morphological variation, and human evolution. My research interests focus
primarily on questions relating to the identification of skeletonized human
remains, including the creation of biological profiles, the recognition of
skeletal pathologies, and the analysis of trauma. My PhD research uses
whole-body, three-dimensional computed-tomography (CT) scans of documented
individuals to reassess the methods used by biological anthropologists to
estimate body mass from skeletal material.
I am interested in how evolutionary adaptations have influenced health and disease in modern humans. My dissertation research (Durham University, 2013) explored the 2D morphological variation of human vertebrae in relation to the presence of a common spinal pathology, Schmorl's nodes. I am currently investigating human vertebral morphology for characteristics associated with bipedalism and any relationship between these characteristics and common back problems.
My primary research interests lie in the Viking
Age and the archaeology of conflict, violence and warfare. My postgraduate
research focused primarily on the archaeology of Viking Age England. Since then
I have been expanding my interests to investigate themes such as conflict,
identity and religion within the wider context of the Viking world. As part of
HESP I am currently investigating the
biocultural effects of religious change among Scandinavian societies during the
I am interested in the proximate mechanisms underlying inter-individual variation in energy- and resource-management decisions, the timing of reproduction, and reproductive effort, and how these reproductive decisions ultimately influence trade-offs between reproduction and other life-history stages. My dissertation research (Ph.D., SFU 2006) examined the physiological basis of the trade-off between survival and current reproduction when energetic resources are limited, using a songbird as a model species.