Her research interests include movements, ancient Egypt, archaeological applications of isotopic analysis, social inequality, paleopathology and food ways.
Alyson studies bioarchaeology under the guidance of Professor Christina Torres-Rouff. Prior to attending UC Merced, she wrote a master’s thesis on movement patterns and corresponding health profiles of Bronze Age (5000-1200 B.C.) populations of the Arabian Peninsula. Her dissertation research involves understanding the ways in which social status intersects with foreignness in ancient populations of Egypt. She is using isotopic signatures from carbon, nitrogen and strontium along with pathological changes in skeletal material to understand dietary practices and their relation to social status.