I am a Research Fellow in Economic Botany at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with a focus on the ethnobotany of traditional crops and useful plants, agrobiodiversity and resilience. I am especially interested in documenting endangered orphan crops and to situate their use within their local environmental, historical and cultural contexts. Currently, much of my research is in NE Africa.
I am also an archaeologist and archaeobotanist and worked at the British Museum in the Department of Scientific Research before joining Kew. Initially, as a Leverhulme Resarch Fellow to study the archaeobotany of Amara West - an ancient Egyptian town in Sudan, and later as Principle Investigator for two AHRC grants that combined ethnobotany and archaeobotany to study recent and long term crop changes in northern Sudan.
Originally a historian, I am interested in developing interdisciplinary approaches to studying plant uses, and am at home working through archives, being in the field or in the lab. - I studied history (BA, MA) at Trinity College Oxford, and art history (post-grad diploma) at the Courtauld Institute of Art, before, a bit later on, my Masters and PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL (2010) - Diversity of plant and land use during the Near Eastern Neolithic, phytolith perspectives from Çatalhöyük