I am an archaeological scientist interested in exploring the articulation between genetics, biogeography and material culture phylogeny to further theoretical, methodological and scientific advances in the field of human evolution. I am leading the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funded aWARE project at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. aWARE is exploring West Africa's place in recent human evolution. I am also a visiting fellow at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford where I was formerly a British Academy Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College.
My research combines primary fieldwork in West and North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula with experimental and quantitative artefact analyses using a range of statistical methods. I then integrate these analyses with palaeoecological data to produce a variety of computational models in order to test competing hypotheses about human evolution.