Maureece J. Levin is a postdoctoral Scholar at the Stanford Archaeology Center. Her research interests center on food production systems, historical ecology, and cultural niche construction in the Pacific Islands and in East Asia. She is a paleoethnobotanist who employs phytoliths, starch and plant macroremain analysis in her work, as well as ethnoarchaeology. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Whitman College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, where she studied managed agroforests in Pohnpei, Micronesia using landscape survey and ancient and modern botanical data. Her current work includes ongoing projects on Pohnpei and Pingelap islands in Micronesia, as well as collaborative work at Stanford on plant microremains from across the eastern hemisphere, especially northeast China.