Born and raised in Ohio, I earned bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Toledo (OH). I earned my PhD in 2001 from the SUNY University at Albany. My specialties and interests are precontact Native American ceramics, Great Lakes and Northeast North American precontact archaeology, archaeology of northern New York and the St. Lawrence Valley, mortuary patterns and the archaeology of conflict. My most recent projects have involved radiocarbon dating of the Iroquoian occupation of northern New York and study of archaeological sites related to the War of 1812 in northern New York. Outside of the academy I work as a consulting archaeologist. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping and historical reenactment.