Denay is a Staff Archaeologist at Far Western’s Great Basin Branch. She received her B.A. in Geology at the University of Nebraska, Omaha in 2019 and her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2021. Her area of focus is in geoarchaeology and, for her thesis research, she constructed a geomorphic and cultural history of Painters Flat, California. She has conducted research in Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, and California. Her previous experiences as a field and lab technician included inventory, survey, excavation, and analyses of toolstone sources, archaeological site distributions, and geologic materials. She also taught field and laboratory techniques to undergraduate students. She is primarily interested in constructing past environments and understanding how people interacted with their environment.