Who we are: the rice project team

Dr. Dorian Q Fuller (UCL Professor of Archaeobotany), project leader. Principle investigator of NERC grant "The impact of evolving of rice systems from China to Southeast Asia" (NE/K003402/1)

Dr. Andrew Bevan, Professor of Spatial and Comparative archaeology, is Co-Investigator and will coordinate the development of improved geographical modelling of ancient rice agriculture and methane emissions

Dr. Alison Weisskopf (NERC Research associate), post-doctoral researcher on phytoliths from archaeological and modern analogue samples, from India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Cristina Castillo (NERC Research associate), post-doctoral researcher working on archaeobotanical analyses (macro-remains) from Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali, Philippines, Bangladesh). 

Dr. Fabio Silva (NERC Research associate), post-doctoral researcher working Geosptail modelling,GIS and the Rice Archaeobotanical Database.

Melissa Tan (NERC technician), phytolith sample preparation. She completed her MSc in Environmental Archaeology at UCL

Eleanor Kingwell-Banham (NERC-funded PhD student, completed 2015), PhD project title: "Early rice agriculture in South Asia. Identifying early cultivation systems using archaebotany". WOrking on archaeobotanical samples from India, Sri Lanka and China.


Overseas Project Partners:

  • Dr Ling Qin (Project Partner, previous NERC Visiting Researcher, 2009/10, 2011/12), Associated Professor of Neolithic Archaeology at Peking University, head of the PKU archaeobotany laborator
  • Xiaoyan Yang - Associate researcher, Inst. of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing). She spent 2014/15 as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at UCL.
  • Barry Rolett - Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Peter Bellwood - Professor of Archaeology at Australia National University
  • Rasmi Shoocongdej -Professor of Archaeology at Silapakorn University, Bangkok
  • Rabi Mohanty - Professor of Archaeology at Deccan College Pune
  • Jacob van Etten - Senior Research Associate at Bioversity International (Cali, Colombia), leading a CGIAR international research program on Agricultural Biodiversity for Climate Change adaptation

Other overseas collaborators past and present


Prof. Ling-hua Tang, Jiangsu Academy of Agriculture Science, Nanjing,

Dr. Guiyin Jin, Dept. of Archaeology, Shandong University, Jinan

 Prof. Yo-Ichiro Sato, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto

Professor Emeritus Mukund Kajale, from Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, also continues to work with us on determining the ecology of taxonimic diversity of rice weed assemblages

Prof. Professor William Ruddiman, University of Virginia, has partnered with the Early Rice project in previous initial efforts to modeo methane emissions

Past Team members

Harriet Martin, worked as out outreach officer (2010-11), and run a pilot program of outreach to London schools. She also designed this website

Patrick Austin, worked as a research assistant, sorting archaeobotanical samples from China, India, and Sri Lanka


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