Jon's research uses traditional classics scholarship, bioarchaeology and digital research methods, to investigate the darker aspects of the ancient world, topics like poverty, disease, slavery and violence. His master's thesis explored how malaria affected the landscapes of Roman Italy. His dissertation focuses on the archaeology of what some refer to as the “Invisible Romans,” the people with the lowest socio-economic status in Italy, such as slaves and peasants. His other projects include developing effective low-cost 3D modeling techniques for documenting archaeological evidence and using GIS to model ancient travel and exchange.
Jon has worked for the Midwest Archaeological Center of the National Park Service, the Archaeological Mapping Lab at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and in Archaeological Collections at the Arizona State Museum. He has participated in archaeological investigations in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Mexico, Peru, and at several locations in the United States.
In his free time Jon enjoys travel, photography, rambling conversation, excessively long walks and binge watching good TV.