Tabitha Kabora joined the University in 2018 as an Environmental Modelling Research Assistant. She completed her PhD in Archaeology at the University of York and obtained BSc and MSc degrees in Environmental Sciences and Conservation Biology from the University of Nairobi. Tabitha has an interdisciplinary background in environmental conservation and archaeology, working on combining archaeological evidence with environmental and socioeconomic models to design computer simulations and agent-based models (ABMs) of Holocene systems and societies in Eastern Africa and the North Sea.
Tabitha's doctoral research (University of York) focused on the utility of the long-term perspectives of archaeological and environmental studies, combining them with ABM techniques, to understand the effects of human-environment interactions on agricultural systems. This research formed part of the interdisciplinary Archaeology of Agricultural Resilience in Eastern Africa (AAREA) project.
Currently as part of the Europe’s Lost Frontiers project, Tabitha develops palaeoecological models of Doggerland during the early Holocene to be incorporated into computer simulations. Her research focuses on ratifying data from different palaeo-environmental and palaeo-ecological proxies obtained from sediment cores and combining them with environmental models to develop ABMs that provide information on the environment and landscapes of Doggerlandand. These model simulations can be used to understand the processes and responses to inundation in the face of Holocene sea level rise that led to the eventual submersion of Doggerland under what is now the North Sea.