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In August 2021 we held our first Lab Olympics with six events: pipette transfer, reagent weighing, bone cutting, micorbalance speed, microbalance accuracy, and parafilm shot put. We hope to add some additional events in 2022 and challenge other labs in some team events!

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Anthropology M.A. Student (2018-20)

M.A. Trent University, 2020

B.Sc. (Honours) Trent University, 2018

Thesis Title: Why fish when you could farm? A stable isotope analysis of changing diet and ritual killing in the Viru Valley, Peru.

TEAL Publications

Hyland C, Millaire J-F, Szpak P, 2021. Migration and maize in the Virú Valley: Understanding life histories through multi-tissue carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and strontium isotope analyses. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. doi:10.1002/ajpa.24271. [DOWNLOAD .pdf]

Hyland C, Scott MB, Routledge J, Szpak P, 2021. Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Variability of Bone Collagen to Determine the Number of Isotopically Distinct Specimens. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. doi:10.1007/s10816-021-09533-7. [DOWNLOAD .pdf]

TEAL Awards and Honours

2017 Lowest δ15N Value

2017, 2019 Highest δ15N Value

Corrie began working in the TEAL lab as an undergraduate research assistant in her final year of undergraduate study, making her the first student of the TEAL lab. While an undergraduate, she completed an honours thesis analyzing the diet of arctic foxes through stable isotope analysis to assess the impacts of human culture on fox ecology.
Corrie’s M.A. thesis utilized stable carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur isotope analysis, as well as strontium isotope analysis to understand the diet and mobility of ritually killed humans in the Viru Valley of northern Peru during the Late Intermediate Period (A.D. 1100-1476). During her M.A. research, Corrie had many exciting experiences, including a chance to work on the tissues of mummified human remains and visit her study sites of Huaca Santa Clara and Huaca Gallinazo in Peru. She was able to present her research in a wide variety of ways, including at the 2019 Northeast Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and even on television. Corrie’s work has also been featured in the Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology's newsletter. Corrie holds the all-time record for highest δ15N value measured in the lab, +25.25 ‰ for a ~650 year old polar bear from Somerset Island that was analyzed in July 2017 (TEAL-46). She also prepared SRM-14, one of our most unique internal reference materials derived from a polar bear rib bone.
Following her M.A., Corrie is pursuing her DPhil at the University of Oxford, continuing her passion for archaeological science. Her work will be testing the capabilities of compound specific stable isotope analysis for quantifying the consumption of freshwater resources by hunter-gatherers in the Lake Baikal region. She is also excited about the potential of this research to address the effects of freshwater reservoir effects on radiocarbon dating.
Now that Corrie has moved on to Oxford, she is going to have to revise her list of top 10 restaurants in Peterborough, Ontario to match her new setting. Corrie has said that what she will miss most about her time at Trent, is the copious amounts of cheese wontons during lab outings to sushi restaurants and Kawartha Dairy ice cream (particularly the Banana Boat flavour), but is optimistic she will have a chance to try lots of new cuisine - if there is one thing the British are known for, it is their cuisine.