PhD Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University
Keep going. Be strong. Be stubborn. Every little step is a step forward.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I perform taxonomic and taphonomic analyses on bird remains from archaeological sites to see what those bird can tell us about the humans who lived there and the environmental and climatic conditions they experienced.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
When I was seven years old my neighbour took me along on a tour of a nearby archaeological site. As a child who loved history and nature documentaries as much as cartoons, I was enthralled. My neighbour told me later that on that day she knew I would he an archaeologist.
Since then I co pleted my undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Bergen, Norway. Here I had the opportunity to visit South Africa on field school where I focussed on early human behavioural modernity. This lead me to notice that Neanderthals were treated differently, despite, in my eyes, showing the requisite traits of modern behaviour. An interest in mammal bones lead to my learning taphonomy, and I learned more specifically about birds during my PhD in order to discover more about the Neanderthals in Middle Palaeolithic Eurasia.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
As I close in on the end of my PhD, I think it is this coming achievement that I would want to share with my younger self. The perseverance and strength it has taken for me to bring myself to this point has been at times overwhelming. I would want my younger self to know that I had that strength in me.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love being part of the advance in knowledge in my field. I am endlessly excited by the notion that what we do not yet know may be answered tomorrow.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Keep going. Be strong. Be stubborn. Every little step is a step forward. Ask for help when you need it. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t achieve your goals. Believe in yourself.
INSPO / FUN FACT
“I wish the world was twice as big – and half of it was still unexplored.” - David Attenborough.