I am a student at Columbia University studying archaeology and ecology. My primary focus is pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, particularly the Maya region, where I am specifically interested in human-environment interactions and their implications for settlement patterns and entrenchment of power structures. Methodologically, I am interested in utilizing spatial analysis (GIS) to identify large-scale trends and regional networks, as well as zooarchaeological, paleobotanical and liminological evidence to identify anthropogenic influences on the environment. I am also interested in the theoretical question of how cultures conceptualize human-animal relationships and, more broadly, the landscape they inhabit. I have done fieldwork at the Classic Maya site of Xultun, as well as at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. I have also worked with materials from Spanish colonial New Mexico, a hippie commune in the American Southwest, and an 18th century plantation on Montserrat at both Columbia and the American Museum of Natural History.