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Education, Previous Appointments

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution

PhD Simon Fraser University 


Angela Spickard

HER Lab Research Manager

Current Graduate Students


Levi Cormier (Fulbright MA Student, INS) 

Levi is a seasoned archaeologist, hailing from the University of Texas. Working in collaboration with Sts'ailes First Nation, Levi is determined to recreate ancient forest garden environments using paleoecological methods, including phytolith analyses. 

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Corey O'Gorman (PhD Student, REM) 


Elizabeth Ohuarmen (MSc Student, UBC Botany) 


Alyssa Zandvliet (SSHRC MA Student, INS) 


Chenqiuzi Zhao (MA Student, RRU Environment and Management) 

My research delves into the intersection of heritage conservation and sustainable practices, aiming to harmonize cultural preservation with environmentally conscious strategies. Through the study of sustainable materials and methodologies, the longevity of historical sites is promoted alongside environmental stewardship efforts.

Past Graduate Student Theses 

Adrian Smith (MSc supervisor) 

2023. A Historical-Ecological Approach to Understanding the Effects of Timber Harvest on Wa’uumst (Devil’s Club, Oplopanax horridus) in Lax’yip Madii Lii. Link

Gary McQuaid (MA supervisor) 

2022. Local Ecological Knowledge of Mountain Goats in the Skeena Region of British Columbia and its Importance to Wildlife Management. Link

Sage Vanier (MA committee) 

2022. Entangled Legacies: The Historical Ecology of a Sts'ailes Forest Garden, SW British Columbia. Link

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