Research in the Penn Paleoecology Laboratory focuses on utilizing the suite of methods known as environmental archaeology to study a range of topics related to past societies: diet and subsistence, environmental sustainability, paleoenvironmental change, and climate change. Lab members participate in multiple research projects that touch upon one or more of these themes.

Within the lab group, members currently focus on paleoethnobotany (the study of archaeological plant remains) and stable isotopes, with the aim of creating integrated multi-proxy paleoenvironmental archaeological datasets.