Ingelise Stuijts studied in Groningen, Netherlands, where her biology studies were finished in 1979. Besides biology, she studied archaeology at the Biological Archaeological Institute (now GIA). She obtained her PhD at Groningen University in 1993 in the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science following a grant by WOTRO. In 1998 she came to Ireland to work for Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd. on wood and charcoal studies from Lisheen, Co. Tipperary, and West End, Dublin.