Zoe Armstrong

Office: SN 2005
Telephone: 506-871-8902
Email: zarmstrong@mun.ca

 

 

 

Supervisors:

Dr. Trevor Bell and Dr. Patty Wells

Awards and Distinctions:

NSERC CGS-M (2016)
CAG Undergraduate Student Award (2016)
NSERC USRA (2015)
Mount Allison J.A Daniels Award (2014, 2015)

Previous Education:

B.Sc. Hons. Environmental Science, Mount Allison University (2016)

Title of Project:

Using peat paleoecology to refine the history of human disturbance and
vegetation change near the Phillip's Garden site, Port au Choix.

Research Project Description:

This project is focused on the Trike Path site (EeBi-16), a Groswater
Arctic Small Tool Tradition (ASTT) site near Bass Pond within the Port
au Choix National Historic Site, northwestern Newfoundland. Over the
past 3000 years, this region has hosted two important Palaeoeskimo
groups - the Groswater, who occupied the site from 2950 to 1820 cal BP
(calibrated calendar years before present) and the Dorset, whose
occupation spanned from 1990 to 1180 cal BP. The Dorset abandonment is
hypothesized to be due to climate warming. The Groswater are assumed to
have had a light and intermittent occupation over this period. Recent
research at Phillip's Garden casts doubt on the established chronology
of human disturbance at Bass Pond. Exploratory test pit excavations
indicate that the Trike Path, originally thought to be an ephemeral
Groswater presence, extends across the northern side of the Pond from
the northwest and may have had a much larger impact on the local
environment. Recent diatom studies have also cast doubt on the supposed
climate warming corresponding with Dorset abandonment. I will be using
paleoecological methods, specifically the examination of plant
microfossils in peat, in order to:
1. Determine the extent and nature of the Groswater occupation and
confirm the chronology of buried archaeological remains adjacent to Bass
Pond.
2. Elaborate on the local vegetation and build a detailed climate
history to provide an understanding of the environmental context of the
occupation at the Trike Path.
3. Assess the role climate conditions may have had in influencing the
abandonment of Phillip's Garden by the Dorset.

Presentations:

Armstrong, Z., and J. Kurek. (2016). Investigating the impacts of
environmental change on New Brunswick lakes using Cladocera as
bioindicators. Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of
Geographers Annual Meeting, Sackville, New Brunswick. Poster
Presentation.
Kurek, J., Armstrong, Z. and M. Daly. (2016). Vulnerability of New
Brunswick's reference lakes to global change. Canadian Conference for
Fisheries Research, St John's, Newfoundland. Poster Presentation.

Research Interests:

Environmental Archaeology
Paleoecology
Paleolimnology

Contact

Department of Geography

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca