Courtney is now an MPhil student at the University of Queensland with an affiliation at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Her research focuses on the spread of domesticated caprines to the eastern African coast using ZooMS (zooarchaeology by mass spectrometry). Her research aims to (1) find evidence of domesticated sheep/goats in these tropical environments where traditional zooarchaeological analyses often struggle to differentiate the species; and (2) answer whether a systematic or targeted approach is more beneficial when sampling poorly preserved/highly fragmented assemblages.
Courtney received her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Queensland. Her Hons dissertation “Asian Mammal Extinctions: From the Pleistocene to Modern Conservation Efforts” focused on megafauna extinctions in Southeast Asia and how long-term trends can be applied to flagship species today. Her research interests include zooarchaeology by mass spectrometry (ZooMS), the spread of domestication, caprine identification, Indian Ocean trade and exchange, Pleistocene extinctions, stable isotope anlysis and zooarchaeology.