SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
My research explores best practices for knowledge sharing through the creation of the Avertok Archaeology Community Archive. This research is part of the Avertok Archaeology Project initiated by the Inuit Community Government of Hopedale, Nunatsiavut. The digital archive will feature artifacts recovered from Avertok that are housed in museums across North America and Europe, and the project aims to bring Elders and youth from Hopedale together to provide interpretive content for the archive. My research seeks to understand the possible implications for the intellectual property rights of knowledge contributors.
Cross-appointed with Geography
Office: QC 2014, Queens College
My research is interdisciplinary, drawing on palaeoecology, environmental archaeology, radiocarbon dating and Bayesian modelling. I am interested in chronology, the archaeology of the Norse North Atlantic diaspora and circumpolar hunter-fisher-gatherers in North America. In particular, I seek to illustrate how these groups impacted/interacted with their environment and how their palaeoenvironmental traces can be used to construct robust chronologies. Methodologically, this work draws me to small depositional settings recording localised environmental signals. When intimately associated with archaeological sites, such deposits are rich archives of chrono-cultural information. Currently, I am working on materials from the Port au Choix and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Sites.
SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: QC 2018, Queen's College
Phone: (709) 864-8923
My research focuses on the integrated study of human skeletal remains and historical documents, with a particular emphasis on how historical health-related events affected the lifestyles and activities of individuals in the past, particularly the poor. I seek to illuminate the stories of previously underrepresented individuals and explore the benefits and limitations of integrating disparate datasets in bioarchaeology.