I completed my BA at Ithaca College (NY, USA) with a double major in Anthropology and Economics. During my studies there I became very interested in the different ways people use plants today and in prehistory. This interest led me to pursue my MA degree at Trent University (ON, Canada) where I wrote my thesis on archaeobotanical (seed) remains from the Bronze Age site of Jerablus Tahtani in northern Syria. My PhD research (thesis completed at the University of Liverpool in January 2015; PhD degree awarded in July 2015) focused on the analysis and interpretation of anthracological (carbonised fuel wood) remains from late Pleistocene and early-mid Holocene prehistoric sites in the Konya plain of central Anatolia, Turkey (including Çatalhöyük East and West mounds, Pınarbaşı, Boncuklu and Can Hasan III). My current major research project (funded through a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship) investigates the nature of pre-agricultural plant management practices in the northern Fertile Crescent of the Middle East through the study of plant(seed and wood charcoal) macro-remains retrieved from late Pleistocene and early Holocene sites in Turkey and northern Iraq, including the Shanidar, Karain and Palegawra caves and the open-air site of Gusir Höyük .