About Me

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Photo: Me emerging from the forest on the Sunshine Coast of BC, unintentionally looking cool while trying to get my boot out of the vine it was trapped in. Photo taken by Kenzie.

If you’re going to be checking out this website, I figure you should probably know a little bit about me.  And I’m going to list it in point form because why not?

Me:

  • I’m an bioarchaeologist (used interchangeably with osteoarchaeologist)! Meaning I work with human skeletal remains from archaeological sites to learn not only about that individual’s life in the past, but about life in the past as a whole.  Which I believe will help us better prepare for the future.
  • I’m from Steveston, B.C., which is just outside of Vancouver (For those Once Upon A Time fans out there, Steveston = Storybrooke)
  • I currently live in Ottawa, ON, while my husband completes his PhD in microbiology at the University of Ottawa (he studies RNA pathways of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria responsible for a wealth of problems)
  • Despite being a dog person, I have 3 crazy cats
  • I have loved sharks since I was little and know a lot about them, which leads me to
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    Me (on the right) and my amazingly accurate wooden skull

    being very interested in conservation efforts to protect sharks around the world!  I encourage everyone to look into how they can become involved in local or international shark conservation efforts!

  • I am totally in love with B-horror movies, which all started with a movie my cousin and I bought called “A Crack in the Floor”
  • I love mystery/horror novels.  Stephen King and Michael Critchton are my favourite authors, and recently I was asked by a Canadian mystery author to assist with his research into forensic anthropology for a novel he was writing (“The Same River Twice” by Stephen Legault, published October, 2015).  Yup, you’ll see my name in the acknowledgments

My Education:

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2007) – Associate of Arts, Criminology
  • University of British Columbia (2007 – 2009, transferred)
  • University of Alberta (2012) – Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology and Native Studies
  • University of Toronto (2017) – Master of Arts, Anthropology
    • Thesis – “The Glass Beads of Sexwamin”

My Work:

  • 2017 – (Volunteer) Collections Technician, Canadian Museum of Nature
  • 2017 – Bioarchaeologist, Paterson Group (ON)
  • 2017 – Teaching Assistant (Intro Biological Anthropology/Archaeology), University of Toronto: Mississagua
  • 2015 – 2017 – Bioarchaeologist/field school supervisor, shishalh Archaeological Research Project
  • 2015 – 2017 – (Volunteer), Let’s Talk Science
  • 2015 – 2016 – Bioarchaeologist, Past Recovery Archaeological Services (ON)
  • 2013 – 2015 – Bioarchaeologist, In Situ Anthropological Consulting (BC)
  • 2011 – 2013 – Bioarchaeologist, Turtle Island CRM (AB)
  • 2010 – (Young Canada Works) Collections Technician, Steveston Museum
  • 2009 – 2010 – (Volunteer) Collections Technician, Physical Anthropology Laboratory, University of Alberta
  • 2009 – 2010 – (Volunteer) Collections Technician, Dr. Pamela Willoughby’s palaeoanthropological laboratory, University of Alberta
  • 2008 – (Young Canada Works) Collections Technician, Richmond Museum
  • 2008 – (Field School) – excavation of a Roman necropolis, Menorca, Spain
  • 2007 – 2009 – Research Assistant, Laboratory of Archaeology, University of British Columbia
  • 2007 – (Volunteer) Transcriber, Yuille Forensic Psychology Laboratory, University of British Columbia

And between all of these archaeology-related jobs, I spent 9 years working in retail.  I had to pay for school somehow!

Conferences:

  • Society for American Archaeology
    • 2018 – Poster, “The Blown Glass Beads of Garden Bay, British Columbia”                        – Electronic Symposium, Chair, “From the Ground Up: Updates and                          Lessons Learned from an Open North American Archaeology                                 Textbook”
  • Canadian Archaeological Association Annual Conference
    • 2017 – “A New Style of Glass Bead from Garden Bay, British Columbia”
  • Canadian Association for Physical Anthropologists Annual Conference
    • 2015 – Invited speaker, “Two cases of  Bipartite Coracoids from the Trail Bay Site (DiRw-28), Sechelt, British Columbia”
  • Frucht Memorial Student Conference, University of Alberta
    • 2010 – Poster, “Artifical Cranial Modification Among First Nations Populations of British Columbia” (won first place in the poster competition)
    • 2011 – Poster, “Differential Diagnosis of Tuberculosis, Leprosy, and Treponematoses: Does aDNA Help?”
    • 2012 – Poster, “The Pathologies of Wolverine (Gulo gulo) K981.02″

Select Awards:

  • University of Toronto Fellowship
  • Memorial University Fellowship (declined)
  • Arts Undergraduate Research Award (UBC)

Memberships:

  • Canadian Archaeological Association
  • Archaeological Society of British Columbia
  • Society for American Archaeology

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