Current as of Fall 2016.
My PhD research looks at the social, cultural, and environmental effects that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has brought to communities in New Zealand’s Taranaki region, an area that stands as the centre of New Zealand's oil and gas production, but also as a place charged with history and Maori cultural values. I will explore in particular the changes that have been occurring in local traditional knowledge, the possible health problematics that may have been arisen and affected community members, and how local land and natural resources management strategies have adapted to this extractive practice, considering elements of possible environmental degradation.
I am an MA student, studying human osteoarchaeology under Dr. Sandra Garvie-Lok. I'm interested in the social aspects of the human experience in the past as revealed through biology, particularly the life experiences of children and the disabled. My current research focuses on the Bronze Age Near East, but I am also interested in the archaeology of the Harappan and Minoan civilisations.
My fieldwork takes place in Israel, where I am conducting stable isotope analysis on the remains of four Egyptian children trapped in a collapsed house during a siege over 3000 years ago. By carefully studying their remains, I hope to learn where they came from, how they fit into the local society, how they lived their lives, and how this reflects on the wider experience of children in this long-gone time and place.
I am entering my second year of the PhD program in the Department of Anthropology under the supervision of Sandra Garvie-Lok with the co-supervision of Margriet Haagsma in the Classics department. My research examines stable isotopes (C, O, Sr) recorded in sheep and goat tooth enamel to measure aspects of animal management and transhumance in ancient Greece. My research is the preliminary study that serves as the foundation for a larger cross-institution project for the region of Thessaly, Greece. I am conducting the first field season of research in the summer of 2016 with the Kastro Kallithea field project wherein I will record the faunal assemblages currently excavated, create osteobiographies for human burials located in the region, and teach undergraduate and graduate students about paleodiet and applications of my research. I am one of the teaching assistants for anthropology 390 (Human Osteology) at the University of Alberta, and have additional research interests in zooarchaeology, forensic anthropology and paleodiet.
Tiffany Campbell's MA research will use discourse analysis to investigate settler Canadian understandings of reconciliation, focusing on the politics of representation as it relates to Indigenous/non-Indigenous conceptions of history and transition.
Talisha Chaput's MA thesis will look into dietary changes and distributions of Holocene hunter-gatherer populations in the Cis-Baikal region utilizing FRUITS software. More broadly her research interests include anthropological archaeology, zooarchaeology, diet, and seasonality.
I am a MA student under the supervision of Professor Mark Nuttall, carrying out an ethnographic research among the Monpa community of the North Eastern part of the Indian Himalayas. I have recently completed my fieldwork in Summer 2016, and my current research primarily focuses on the historical and contemporary dynamics of various global and local agencies that are reshaping the Human-Environmental relations. Through this research I am understanding the power relations within different stakeholders in the present discourse of environmental degradation and developing Hydro-power projects in the region. Emerging from the critiques of western systematic methods of understanding the Society and the Environment, and based on “new reflexive” Anthropology, I am reconnoitering how different actors like developers, conservationists, government agencies, and other institutions construe indigenous knowledge and incorporate it into mainstream systematic knowledge. Among the various kinds of interpretations that are rooted in various disciplines, my research identifies the "why" and the "hows" of the dominant perception that resonates within the society. To this end, I finally explore how the Monpas respond and negotiate with these dominant perceptions from mainstream experts in the context of rapid socio-economic and environmental changes.
Lacey Fleming's Ph.D. research focuses on the roles dogs performed in prehistoric and Medieval societies across Siberia--including their use as traction animals, pets, subjects of ceremonial sacrifice, and even as a source of food--through the dietary stable isotope analysis of human and animal bone collagen. She is particularly interested to learn how humans provisioned their dogs, and whether dog dietary values can be used as a proxy for human values.
My research interest revolves around the identification of differentiating heat fractures from other trauma markers to aid in cause of death, with the addition of advanced technologies and radiographic images to help discern micro-discrepancies between the two types of fractures.
Under the supervision of Jean DeBernardi my research explores the connections between traditional Chinese religion, martial arts, and medicine. I did my MA thesis on the modernization of traditional Chinese religion in Taiwan, have been practicing White Crane kung fu since 1999, and worked for the Natural Health Practitioner of Canada. I am examining the role that culture plays in creating different conceptualization of health. Particularly, I am looking at how cultural and religious concepts in Daoism and Buddhism shape perceptions and experiences of the body. For comparative purposes I am doing fieldwork at Frank Lee's Muai Thai Kick Boxing and MMA in Edmonton, at White Crane kung fu schools in Hong Kong, and at Wudang Mountain in Hubei province, China. Wudang mountain is world renowned as a center for Chinese martial arts and is the divine birthplace of Xuan Wu, a martial god in traditional Chinese religion.
I am a Master’s student, working with Dr. John (Jack) Ives at the Promontory Caves site in Utah. My project is a quantitative analysis of the artifacts and deposits within Cave 1. I am using statistical analysis, 3D modeling, projection calculations, and accumulation equations to learn more about the size demographics of the population living in the cave. This site exhibits extraordinary preservation, so I will also be looking at the ratio of perishable to non-perishable materials to learn more about the organic materials that are usually missing at archaeological sites. My interests also include Alberta archaeology, lithic analysis, and human evolution.
My doctoral research examines the relationships between food, drink and place, and how these relationships create a 'taste of place' that reflects powerful sociological and geographical symbolic determinants of people's identity. It has been said that wine gives people the sense that they are participating in a deeply rooted culture. But what happens when the wine, the place, and the people only have a 25 year history to draw on? I ask the question: How do the wine producers of the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, create a 'taste of place' without a centuries old ancestral connection to the land and the customs and traditions rooted in a specific place? Dr. Helen Vallianatos is my supervisor.
Emily Hull is a PhD student studying domestication and human-animal relationships, with a focus on domesticates in the Arctic and sub-Arctic.
Todd Kristensen's PhD explores the archaeological and historical record of Dene adaptations to alpine environments in the Mackenzie Mountains of Northwest Territories.
My MA research, under the direction of Dr. John W. (Jack) Ives, will focus on the use of space and social structure in Promontory Cave, Utah. I will use three dimensional mapping data and excavation data to analyze space in the cave, identify activity areas, and calculate cave size to determine the number of people it could have accommodated. I will integrate my findings with previous work to examine social structure of the Promontory Culture and correlate the results with J. Steward's theory of Athapascan migration.
I am Junhong Ma (or Summer), a PhD student of Cultural Anthropology. So far, I have been working with Dr. DeBernardi on tea culture study for almost 3 years. My preliminary field work in tea planting and consumption areas in Taiwan, Mainland China has proved to me the richness of this topic. For my dissertation, I examine the commoditization of tea culture in globalization background; for instance, Kung Fu tea and tea art. Also, in this study, I hope to contribute to study on China and Taiwan relationship from anthropological, historical and economical perspectives.
Kira McLachlin’s MA thesis project examines known-age dog and wolf dentition, refining current zooarchaeological age estimation practices for canids.
Jennifer Miller, a PhD student, is studying the significance of personal ornaments on early modern human development and dispersal.
I am a PhD Candidate under the supervision of Dr. Mark Nuttall. My research examines Tulita Dene and Métis relationships with hydrocarbons and land in the context of oil and gas exploration, development, and extraction in the Sahtu.
Benjamin Osipov is a PhD student affiliated with the Baikal Hokkaido Archaeology Project. His research uses biomechanical analysis of juvenile skeletons to reconstruct the behavior of hunter gatherer children that lived between 8800-4400 years ago in the Cis-Baikal region of Siberia.
Currently, I'm close to completion of my PhD and mostly engaged in writing-up. My research concerns cross-border projects in the Russian part of the Barents Euro-Arctic region, international cooperation and environmental programs that involve youth. I engage perspectives of postsocialist and border studies to analyze the issues of local identity, ecological modernization and adaptation of foreign practices as well as the sense of home. My particular interest lies in the challenges of intercultural communication, partnership and responsible ecological thinking. As a side interest, I do research on European regionalism and possibilities for Russian border regions to integrate into the EU structures. I'm working under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Philips.
I am a Masters student focusing on palaeoenvironmental analyses and past human landscape management practices in northeastern Alberta under the supervision of Dr. John (Jack) Ives. I completed my B.A. in Archaeology at the University of Calgary in 2014, and have worked in cultural resource management in Alberta at sites across the province. My research will focus on reconstructing palaeoenvironmental and forest fire history of the Birch Mountains by analysing a sediment core from a lake in the uplands. With detailed analyses of the records, I hope to note evidence of cultural landscape management practices in this part of the province, and to provide information about the environment that early human inhabitant of Alberta’s boreal forest would have experienced.
Seyede Salume Pourhosserini
My MA research will focus on studying an Ottoman military population from the Fortress of Mytilene in Lesbos, Greece. Under the supervision of Dr. Sandra Garvie-Lok, I will use stable isotope analysis to examine population mobility. A reconstruction of diet for this population using stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes from bone collagen revealed tentative evidence of scattered origins throughout the Ottoman world. My MA research would revisit this sample to determine whether or not other isotopes provide evidence to support this notion of scattered origin. This project ties into my research interest of social identity. I am also interested in paleopathology, genetics and mortuary archaeology.
Dafna Rachok's MA project examines local vocabularies on commercial sex work in Ukraine. Analyzing the vocabularies used by current and former sex workers, politicians, police officers, and NGO workers, she attempts to understand cultural meanings, national insecurities, and Others, attached to the sale of commercial sex.
Faun is a MA student in the department. Her research interests include Indigenous self-government in Canada; language and cultural policy; Dene languages and communities; the relationships between land, legislation, language, and culture; and the positions of settler-allies to Indigenous peoples living in Canada. She works at the Canadian Indigenous Language and Literacy Development Institute.
My research area is biological anthropology. I am studying post-cranial juvenile bones from various Later Stone Age hunter-gatherer groups under Dr. Lesley Harrington. My research will focus on the ontogeny that results in variation in the pelvis due to selective pressures.
Ivan Shmatko’s MA research is going to be on the Ukrainian police. He will try to discover how police officers contextualize or decontextualize crime and criminal in different social settings.
I am a PhD student working with Dr Garvie-Lok. I am working with a skeletal population from the Hellenistic site of New Halos in Thessaly, Greece. I use stable isotopes to reconstruct diet and mobility patterns for the individuals in this skeletal population. I am originally from Ontario where I did my undergraduate and master’s degrees. Edmonton has been a wonderful city to get to know over the past 4 years.
Eric Tebby’s MA research involves drone based aerial photography, excavation, and comparative western plains settlement sites to further explore the ongoing research regarding the 19th-century Metis Settlement at Buffalo Lake, Alberta.
Paula Torres, MA Student, has been working in sites from the Early and Late Formative Period in the northern Ecuadorean highlands. Her thesis project will focus on the reconstruction of past diet and mobility of the groups settled on those sites through the use of stable isotope analysis on human skeletal remains.
Victoria van der Haas
Victoria van der Haas is a PhD student with the Baikal Hokkaido Archaeology Project, supervised by Prof. Andrzej Weber. Victoria is analyzing sets of teeth from individuals representing the middle Holocene early Bronze Age cemetery of Khuzhir-Nuge XIV in the Baikal region of Siberia, Russia. She does this by micro-sampling tooth dentine and applying stable isotope analysis. Victoria aims to contribute to the ongoing study of individual life histories from this region and hopes to provide a better understanding of dietary variability among Holocene hunter-gatherers.
My research aims to investigate the differential burning patterns of juvenile remains in forensic contexts. This will be acomplished using physiological, chemical, anatomical and osteological assessments.Joseph Werner
Jeff Werner’s PhD research examines stone tools from a Middle Stone Age site in southern Tanzania. He is working to reconstruct the function of tools using GIS software and confocal laser scanning microscopy to gain a better understanding of economic activity between 100 to 50 thousand years ago in highland East Africa.
Evelyn (Eve) Xeflide
I am in an individual interdisciplinary PhD program in Anthropology and Religious Studies. I am working with Dr. Joseph Hill. My research, Integrating Science and Spirituality: Religion in Ghana’s Modern Health Care System looks at the direct involvement of biomedically trained health care professionals (doctors and nurses) in issues of spirituality/religion in the treatment of patients in hospitals in Ghana, West Africa. Some questions underpinning my research are: What is the history of this development and what is the religio-cultural context of its evolution? What new directions is this development leading modern health care delivery in Ghana? How are contradictions that arise in the merging of religion/spirituality and science in Ghana’s biomedical modern health care delivery practices reconciled?
Research interests: Anthropology of Religion, Chinese Buddhism in Modernity, Material Culture and Intangible Culture, Folklore
My PhD program started in 2012. My research, under the guidance of my supervisor Dr. Jean DeBernardi, focuses on the Buddhist temples in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China. I particularly concern with the culture practices of temples, and the relationship of religious places and urban space, exploring the niche construction of folk traditions in the process of Chinese modernization. I also study the Jingshan tea culture as part of the program of “Material Identity: The Anthropology of Chinese Tea Culture” conducted by my supervisor.
Zheng Xiao, a MA student, will focus on museum studies, especially new-styled museums like community museums and eco-museums. By paying attention to the operating manners, the ownership of the objects on display as well as exhibitions modes and so on, she is trying to find out the insiders' understanding of their own culture and some other issues related and involved.
I’m a 4th year PhD student studying with Dr. Garvie-Lok, and I’m also an archaeologist in China. My project is investigating human dietary changes in northern China during the social transition from theEastern Zhou to the Han Dynasty (770BC-220AD).