Mary is the lab technician for the Biomolecular Ecology and Archaeology group. She assists in building and maintaining the isotope lab capacities at the MPI-SHH. Her work focusses on applying various isotopic methods to archaeological and modern materials such as bone, ceramic, dung, muscle tissue and blood for palaeodietary, palaeoclimatic and ecological reconstruction. She additionally assists in the stable isotope group with training students, pretreating samples, and running the EA-IRMS.
She received her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Dickinson College, Pennsylvania, USA and her MSc in Bioarchaeology from the University of York, UK. For her MSc dissertation she conducted bulk stable isotope analysis to reconstruct the diet of individuals buried at two medieval nunneries in England.