I began volunteering in Dr. VanDerwarker’s paleoethnobotany lab during my senior year as an undergrad at UCSB. Upon graduation, I started working as her primary lab assistant. This position includes sorting and analyzing archaeobotanical remains from various lab projects, overseeing and training undergraduate interns in archaeobotanical methods, data entry and accessioning botanical specimens into our comparative collection. Concurrently, I am an independent archaeobotanical consultant working for multiple CRM firms.
Regions and time periods for which I have sorted botanical remains include:
- Central Illinois River Valley: Mississippian
- North Carolina: Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, Historic
- Southern California and Channel Islands: Terminal Early, Middle, Late Middle, Historic
- Southern Gulf Coast of Mexico: Formative and Classic
2013 VanDerwarker, Amber & Jennifer Alvarado and Paul Webb. Analysis and Interpretation of Intrasite Variability in Paleoethnobotanical Remains: A Consideration and Application of Methods at the Ravensford site, North Carolina. In Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany, edited by J. Maston, University of Colorado Press, Boulder (in press).