Opitz is a lecturer in Spatial Archaeometry at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on rural western Mediterranean societies and landscapes in the 1st millennium BCE. The foundations of this work are in remote sensing and survey, human perception of the built and natural environment as studied through formal exercises in 3D modeling and analysis of visual attention, and the material culture of rural communities and the towns emerging within them. Her recognized methodological expertise includes LIDAR-based analysis of sites and landscapes, developing information metrics to ask new archaeological questions using 3D data, and digital data applications in archaeology. As part of the dataARC team, she is leading the work to integrate the project's diverse and interdisciplinary digital datasets through semantic modeling.