I graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville following the 2000 Spring Semester receiving my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology with a minor in English.
During the 1999 Summer Semester, while an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to participate in the SIUE Archaeology Field School under the direction of Dr. Matthew Emerson. The school took place in Wachapreague, Virginia along the Eastern Shore and provided an opportunity to learn Colonial Period historic archaeology. Strong emphasis was placed on archaeological field and laboratory methods ranging from feature excavation to artifact identification and analysis. In addition, I conducted historic document research in North Hampton County and Accomack County where two of the oldest archives in the country are present.
Following Graduation I was employed by the University of Illinois through the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program (ITARP). I began as a field hand conducting archaeological surveys and field excavations within the American Bottoms region of Illinois. In 2001, I became a crew chief and started supervising site excavations within the area. I have since worked on and supervised the excavation of more than 100 sites throughout the state of Illinois. During this time I gained experience at prehistoric sites ranging from Early Archaic to Oneota and at historic sites dating from the French Colonial period through the Civil War era.
I am presently a Cultural Resource Archaeologist and my daily responsibilities include writing reports, conducting artifact analysis and directing the mitigation of archaeological sites associated with public and private developments. I have also written several papers, articles and presentations in association with archaeological conferences and publications. While I enjoy all aspects of archaeology, I have a strong interest in expanding my knowledge of historic period settlements. My current research interests are founded in the French Colonial occupation of Illinois Country