Melanie has degrees in Communications and Public Relations (UTS), and Ancient World Studies and Archaeology with high distinction (The University of Melbourne). She is currently studying a Master of Archaeology at La Trobe. For her honours, Melanie wrote her thesis on the depiction and villainisation of women in genesis tales.
Melanie has excavated at the Philistine site of Tel es-Safi/Gath in Israel, 2019 where she was involved in trench fieldwork, data entry, creating top plans, ceramic handling, and mapping the trench area using a GIS.
Melanie has also volunteered in the rural communities of New South Wales and Queensland, where she worked closely with community elders.