as of Fall 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a Masters student in linguistic anthropology. Under the supervision of Dr. Andie Palmer, her research focuses on the politics of representation as it relates to Indigenous/non-Indigenous conceptions of history and transition in Canada. Her current project investigates ‘reconciliation’ as an emerging area of contestation of national memory in Canada, and on various ways the discourse of reconciliation is taken up by different communities of practice. She has particular experience in critical discourse analysis, and is interested in the multi-referential nature of arguments and interpretive resources. Her other main research interest is Indigenous systems of law, and treaties.
Tiffany is a seventh-generation settler from the province of New Brunswick, and grew up in the Saint John River (Wolastoq) valley area. Her family is from the areas of the St. Croix and Magaguadavic rivers, Bay of Fundy coast, and tributaries of the Wolastoq. She received her BA from St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. Her honours research involved a critical discourse analysis of opinion journalism on the Idle No More movement.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Kevin Chavez Laxamana
Kevin Chavez Laxamana's MA research will explore and analyze the diverse experiences and histories of transgender women (transwomen) in relation to sexual reassignment surgeries by comparing gender variance in Bali (Indonesia) and Singapore.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
WernerJeff 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
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?
interests: Anthropology of Religion, Chinese Buddhism in Modernity, Material
Culture and Intangible Culture, Folklore
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
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.
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