Jill Thompson is an environmental archaeologist specialising in archaeobotany. She works with plant remains from archaeological sites in Britain and Southeast Asia including wood, charcoal, resins, fibres, seeds and cereals and current research is in woodland archaeology. Her fieldwork has included Sigiriya in Sri Lanka (for UNESCO and the University of Kelaniya; 1981-83), and at Khok Phanom Di in Thailand (for the Royal Thai Fine Arts Department and the University of Otago, New Zealand; 1985) before embarking on a PhD at the Australian National University. Her doctoral research (completed 1992) developed palaeoethnobotanical approaches to early rice cultivation and plant use in and around mangrove swamps. Studies on the taphonomy of rice progressed while Jill was a post doctoral fellow at the University of Otago (1992-94). Since then she has continued research in Asian prehistory with fieldwork in Korea, northeast Thailand, Laos and Malaysia. Jill was nominated for the Baroness Lockwood Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.