Alison Carter is a PhD Candidate studying archaeology. Her research is focused on understanding Iron Age trade networks in mainland Southeast Asia through an examination of stone and glass beads. As part of her research she is analyzing artifacts and geological sources using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Alison has extensive fieldwork experience in Cambodia pursuing her own dissertation research as well as working with the Lower Mekong Archaeological Project in 2005 and 2009. She also has fieldwork experience in Thailand with the Origins of Angkor Project (2007) and at Ban Non Wat, Thailand with the the project "Environmental Change and Society Before Angkor: Ban Non Wat and the Upper Mun River Catchment in Prehistory" in 2008 and 2010. She is currently in Madison working on writing her dissertation.