Bryna Cameron-Steinke joined the PhD program in 2018. She studies the environmental history of northwestern continental Europe in the early Middle Ages (6th-10th centuries), focusing on the development and use of marginal landscapes, namely marshlands and woodlands. Her approach is interdisciplinary and combines textual and scientific data (palynological and paleoclimatic). How climate change and infectious disease influenced the cultures and economies of marginal regions is of interest to her. In particular she seeks to explore the threat vector-borne diseases posed and how landscape and climate change impacted disease prevalence. Before coming to Georgetown, Bryna completed a bachelor’s degree in History and Organismal Biology from McGill University and a master’s degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies. When she isn't reading about monks and marshlands, Bryna enjoys swimming, hiking, and watching period dramas.