I am an archaeological scientist interested in exploring the articulation between material culture, genetics and biogeography to further theoretical, methodological and scientific advances in the field of human evolution. I am the W2 'Lise Meitner' Professor and Independent Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany where I am leader of the Pan-African Evolution research group.
I am also a senior faculty member of the International Max Planck Research School at Freidrich Schiller University, Jena and an affiliated Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Malta, my alma mater. Prior to my current position, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fellow a the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, a British Academy Fellow at the University of Oxford and Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, and a Fyssen Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bordeaux. I obtained my PhD at the University of Southampton in 2013.
My research group combines primary fieldwork in West Africa with a range of different modelling approaches using palaeoecological and genetic data, in order to test different hypotheses about human evolution. I am also involved in fieldwork in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. My newest fieldwork is based on the island of Malta, where I am from.