Dr. Vandorpe is an archaeobotanist whose main research interests are plant economy and environment in Roman times as well as methodological issues in archaeobotany. She joined the ICAC as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in November 2022.
Her work to-date has focused mainly on the analysis of archaeobotanical material from archaeological sites in Switzerland, France and Syria covering a very broad time period (from the Mesolithic period to Medieval times). During her PhD project, she studied the archaeobotanical samples of the Roman site of Oedenburg/Biesheim-Kunheim (F) at the IPAS in Basel (CH) under the direction of Prof. Stefanie Jacomet. Within this project she gained extensive experience in the analysis of waterlogged plant remains, focusing both on methodological and archaeological issues. After her PhD, she received several smaller grants to answer specific questions related to her PhD material, such as for example the origin of the bottle gourd North of the Alps during the Roman period using morphological and genetic analyses. In 2016 she was awarded the Marie Heim-Vögtlin grant from the Swiss National Foundation to study archaeobotanical remains from Roman cremation graves investigating social, age- and gender-specific as well as chronological or region-specific features. Besides her interest in Roman archaeobotany, she was recently involved in the archaeobotanical evaluation of several Neolithic lakeshore settlements in the Alpine Foreland (CH).
Dr. Vandorpe has experience in Higher Education teaching at both graduate and undergraduate level. She has co-organised international conferences and has disseminated her research through presentations at various international conferences.