Molly joined the Far Western team as a Geoarchaeologist in 2023. She received her B.A. in Physical Geography with an emphasis in GIS analysis from San Francisco State University, California in 2012. That summer after graduating, she joined the Via Consolare Project for a six-week archaeological field school in Pompeii, Italy. After working in environmental consulting for a few years, she took a cave archaeology class through Western Kentucky University in the spring of 2015. There she got to explore the vast karst cave systems of Mammoth Cave National Park and learn about precontact and historical uses of the caves. In the summer of 2015, Molly joined Adams State University’s Fort Massachusetts Field School in Colorado for six weeks before starting her pursuit of a Masters degree at the University of Reading in the fall. In 2017, she finished her MSc in Environmental Archaeology with a focus in alluvial and fluvial erosion and deposition processes within and adjacent to Marden Henge, a superhenge site within the Vale of Pewsey that is contemporary with early construction of Stonehenge.
Molly worked for eight years in archaeological consulting in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and California Environmental Quality Act. Her career has included excavations in San Mateo County and Kings Beach, and pedestrian surveys in the Great Basin, Lake Tahoe, Bay Area, Central Valley, Santa Rosa Island, and areas in between. Molly has an interest in buried site sensitivity assessments in relation to geomorphic formations in the greater landscape. She is also intrigued to learn when landscapes have changed because of human involvement or when humans changed because of the landscapes they lived in.
In her spare time, Molly enjoys gaming, rock climbing, and hiking with her partner as well as scifi, fantasy, and horror novels/podcasts and baking at home with their cats.