I am an archaeologist working in the Central Andes, with past experience on projects in Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico. My research interests are in early social complexity; specifically the evolving relationships between early political and religious authority, the societies in which they acted, and the construction and experience of disasters (especially volcanism and El Niño events). My research on these interrelated topics is currently focused in Ecuador’s Manabí province in the drainages of the Rio Grande de Chone and the Rio Jama, with occupations related to the Chorrera ceramic style (ca. 1300-300 BCE). I also pursue research in ancient Andean trade and exchange (especially of Spondylus shell) as well as Ecuadorian iconography.