Amy entered the program in September 2015. Her interests include Biological Anthropology, Human Osteology, and Forensic Anthropology. She is particularly interested in the effects of blunt force trauma on the skeleton and identifying distinguishing features between different types of traumatic injuries.
Melissa entered the program in September 2016. She is interested in socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology - specifically how they relate to large-scale social issues like education, sustainability, and responsible capacity building. Her research will focus on interest-based communities and seeing how these types of communities form and communicate (internally and externally) through shared perceptions, imagination, and language.
Holly entered the program in September 2017. She is interested in faunal remains and the reconstruction of past landscapes to understand settlement patterns, hunting strategies, resource gathering, and the movement of past populations. She is also interested in lithic and bone tools, GIS, and the use of 3D modelling for archaeological sites. Her focus is on archaeological sites of prehistoric North America, particularly hunter-gatherer communities.
Dana entered the program in September 2016. Her research interests include Arctic archaeology, Palaeo-Eskimo and Inuit material culture and GIS. For her thesis, Dana will be examining material recovered from sites associated with the Franklin Expedition for evidence of Inuit interaction. She is particularly interested in using archaeological evidence to better understand the impact European contact had on Inuit lives in northern Canada.
Matthew entered the program in September 2016. His research interests involve biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, and paleopathology. In particular, he is interested in the effects of pathologies on the skeletal system, differentiating pathological skeletal features from one another, and assessing what they can tell us about individuals in society.
Stuart entered the program in September 2016. He is interested in digital media, environmentalism, and citizen science. He aims to research how citizen scientists create credible knowledge and their use of digital technologies to do this, especially digital media and communication devices. This type of research can be applied to areas of Southern Ontario, and also abroad in countries like South Korea, China, and India, where air quality is of major concern.
Leah entered the program in September 2016. Her main interests are digital anthropology, feminist anthropology, and science, technology and society studies (STS). Topics she has previously explored are cyberfeminism and activism. Currently, she is interested in the intersection of digital technologies, identity and ethics.
Yuet entered the program in September 2016. She is interested in contemporary Chinese issues, the diverse expressions of “Chineseness” amongst different Chinese communities worldwide, transnationalisation, and globalization. Upon her arrival in Canada from China as an international undergraduate student in anthropology, the intra-ethnic boundary between the Chinese international students from the Sinophone regions and the Chinese Canadians intrigued her and prompted her to further explore the causes and influences of the phenomenon of intra-ethnic othering. For her MA thesis, she will study the interaction and distance between Chinese international students and Chinese Canadian students on Canadian university campuses.
Gillian entered the program in September 2017 after receiving her BA from Waterloo. She is interested in skeletal forensics and biology. Her research is aimed towards trauma and pathology in the human skeleton. She would like to focus on fractures and patterns of fractures in ancient skeletons.
Emily entered the program in September 2017. She is interested in combining her background in classical archaeology with the anthropological subfields of bioarchaeology, funerary archaeology, and osteology. She is currently studying the migrations and interactions between peoples during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Greece via osteological and other remains.
Alecs entered the program in September 2016, having previously completed her Undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in Anthropology and Classical Studies. Her interests include social memory, archaeology of Greek antiquity, heritage formation, philosophy, and tourism. She hopes to combine all of these themes into her thesis on formations of identity and heritage in modern Greece via archaeological remains.
Mal entered the program in September 2017. She is interested in digital anthropology, design, multispecies ethnography, primatology, and science, technology and society studies (STS). Currently, she is interested in digital ethnography in an environmental and public issues context.
Jacquie completed her BA (Honours) in Anthropology at McMaster University, and entered the Public Issues Anthropology Program in September 2016. Her focus is in biological anthropology, with interests including palaeopathology, osteology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. She enjoys employing new methods in bone analysis to seek information pertaining to past populations.
Andrew entered the program in September of 2017. He is interested in Great Lakes archaeology, particularly Late Woodland lithic reduction technologies. More broadly, he is also engaged with theoretical concerns involving object biographies and public issues such as the repatriation of Indigenous materials in the region.
Amelia entered the Public Issues Anthropology MA program in September 2016. Her areas of interest are in Great Lakes Archeology and in cultural resource management. She is particularly interested in analyzing the settlement patterns associated with a southern Ontario Paleo-Indian site to interpret the relationships between its areas of occupation and their inhabitants.
Jennifer completed her BA (Honours) in Anthropology at Brandon University, and entered the Public Issues Anthropology Program in September 2017. Her main interests are in Medical Anthropology, Multispecies Ethnography and de-colonial theory. She is particularly interested in disease vector insects and de-centering the human within disease encounters.