I am interested in prehistoric hunter gatherers, pyrotechnology, and archaeological contexts in tropical environments. As a geoarchaeologist I use micromorphology, stable isotope analysis, and cathodoluminescence microscopy amongst other techniques to reconstruct the formation of archaeological sites, to investigate paleoenvironments, and to study microscopic traces of human behavior in anthropogenic deposits.
I studied prehistoric archaeology in Amsterdam and in Leiden, the Netherlands, and started specializing in geoarchaeology during my masters at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where I graduated with a thesis on the micromorphology of an Upper Paleolithic cave site in Iran. During my PhD I focused on human-environment relations at prehistoric open-air sites in Austria and northern Malawi (funded by the German Research Foundation). Since September 2021, I am a Marie Curie research fellow at ICArEHB, investigating pyrotechnologies of MSA and LSA foragers, also in Malawi. Visit my website for more information.