I am a Junior Research Fellow at Durham University, UK. My research focuses on the relationship between culture and environment, where I integrate the methods and media of environmental archaeology and archaeological sciences. I am particularly interested in the information that may be gleaned through the study of archaeologically recovered insect, parasite and microbial evidence using proteomics, genetics and comparative morphology. My current and past research has been grounded in the use of biological remains, alongside ethnographic, documentary and material cultural data, to explore topics such as: (1) the colonisation and the creation of new landscapes, followed by their subsequent commodification; and (2) the social and environmental mechanisms involved in the emergence, evolution and transmission of human diseases. Along these lines, I am currently investigating the pathoecology of the Black Death as well as other epidemics.