Eden is a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Her research involves the taxonomic identification and paleoecological interpretation of fossil fauna assemblages, with a focus on late Pleistocene megafauna. She applies combined paleozoological and biomolecular techniques, such as ZooMS and stable isotope analysis, to reconstruct prehistoric animal populations and lifeways. She intends to explore the relationships between environmental pressure, megafaunal extinction, and the onset of the Anthropocene.
Eden's broad research interests include zooarchaeology, vertebrate and molecular paleontology, biological anthropology, prehistoric archaeology, stable isotope analysis, collagen barcoding, paleoproteomics, paleopathology, zoonosis, paleoecology, paleodietary reconstruction, biodiversity, macroevolution, extinction, taxonomy, and taphonomy.
Eden received a BA Anthropology (Minor in Spanish) from Texas State University and a MSc Osteoarchaeology from the University of Sheffield.
Her MSc dissertation, 'Attributing broad age classes to fragmented cattle mandibles', established new parameters for the age class determination of incomplete archaeological cattle mandibles. She is currently working with her former MSc supervisor, Dr. Umberto Albarella, to expand and submit her dissertation for publication.