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Principal Investigator

Ph.D. Western University, 2013

B.A. (Honours) McMaster University, 2007

Paul Szpak is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Canada Research Chair in Archaeological Science at Trent University. As an undergraduate Paul worked at the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory at McMaster University and performed isotopic research on Pleistocene mammoths and marine fauna from British Columbia. Paul completed his doctoral studies in the Laboratory for Stable Isotope Science at Western University in 2013. His dissertation involved isotopic applications in the Andean region, specifically related to plant ecology, controlled studies examining fertilizers, and animal management practices. Paul held SSHRC, Killam and NSERC Banting postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia from 2013-2016 using isotopic analysis to investigate the palaeoecology of Arctic marine ecosystems. Paul has worked at Trent University since 2016 and became Director of the Trent Water Quality Centre in 2021.

Paul directs a diverse research program centered on stable isotope analysis, supported by several major grants from the Tri-Council, which includes a SSHRC Insight Grant to investigate agricultural intensification and animal management practices in the Andes (2019-2024), an NSERC Discovery Grant supporting research into long term variation in Arctic marine ecosystems (2020-2025), and a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to advance our understanding of the diet and mobility of the ancestors of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes in the American Plains (2020-2022). These projects correspond to Paul’s broader research focus on applying chemical analyses to archaeological materials to better understand the interactions between humans, animals, plants, and their environments. He is involved in isotopic research all over the world, but presently focuses on two geographical areas: the Andean regions of northern Peru and Chile and the North American Arctic (Canada, Alaska, Greenland).

TEAL Awards and Honours

🏆 2017 Lowest δ13C Value

🏆 2017 Highest δ13C Value

🏆 2017 People's Choice Award (Sample of the Year)

🏆 2018 Lowest δ15N Value

🏆 2018 Highest δ15N Value

🏆 2018 Lowest δ13C Value

🏆 2018 Highest δ13C Value

🏆 2018 People's Choice Award (Sample of the Year)

🥈 2021 Lab Olympics Silver Medal: Parafilm Shot Put

🥈 2021 Lab Olympics Silver Medal: Microbalance Speed

🥇 2021 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Pipette transfer

🥇 2022 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Pipette transfer

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Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-)

Ph.D. Western University, 2017

M.A. Western University, 2010

B.Sc. (Honours) Laurentian University, 2005


TEAL Publications

Dolphin AE, Teeter MA, Szpak P, 2023. The role of status, diets, and mobility in understanding the impacts of urbanization in early medieval Bergen, Norway (St. Mary's Church): Insights from stable isotope analyses. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. doi: 10.1002/oa.3216. [DOWNLOAD .pdf]

Matt is a senior member of the TEAL team and the Business Manager of the Water Quality Center at Trent University.  His academic origin story begins with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Biology with a specialization in Forensic Science from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.  Matt then adventured to the distant land of London, Ontario to complete both his M.A. and Ph.D. at Western University before landing in Peterborough to become a postdoctoral fellow at TEAL.  He is currently in his fifth year as a postdoc and his fourth year as a course instructor in forensics and anthropology at Trent.  Matt is currently working on a dietary study of humans who occupied the Barrack Hill military outpost (which later became Center Block at Parliament Hill) via stable isotope analysis of faunal remains.  Recently, he also carried out stable isotope analyses of bone collagen, tooth dentine, and hair from human remains from Baja, Mexico; Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia; and a monastery in Gurat, France; as well as an investigation into the diet and mobility of modern sheep from Mongolia using carbon, nitrogen, and strontium isotopes.  He proudly holds the 2021 TEAL Sample of the Year award for analyzing the remains from a 42 000-year-old blue wildebeest.  

A very lucky man, Matt was pleased to announce his marriage this summer and that he, his wife, and their basset hound/beagle mix Winston are expecting an addition to their family this November.  This new addition will be competing with the current TEAL mascot, Joy, for the title of the cutest lab member.  When he is not in the lab, the Water Quality Center, or a classroom, Matt enjoys educating the younger generation about all 40 seasons of The Simpsons, the Dumb and Dumber movies, Ghostbusters, and other pre-2000s action movies.  The younger generations look forward to these pop culture teachings soon being redirected towards Matt’s little one. Bio by Hazel McMillan.

TEAL Awards and Honours

🏆 2020 Lowest δ15N Value

🥇 2021 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Parafilm Shot Put

🥇 2021 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Microbalance Accuracy

🏆 2021 Sample of the Year

🥉 2022 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Reagent Weighing

🥈 2022 Lab Olympics Silver Medal: Parafilm Shot Put

🏆 2022 Corrie Hyland Award for Productivity

🥉 2023 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Pipette Transfer Speed

🥇 2023 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Bone Cutting

🥇 2023 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Spigot Control

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SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-20), Postdoctoral Fellow (2023-)

Ph.D. The University of British Columbia, 2016

M.A. Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2012

B.Sc. (Honours) Lakehead University, 2009

Project: Historical ecology of the Lake Ontario Watershed.

Select Publications

  • Guiry EJ, Orchard TJ, Needs-Howarth S, Szpak P, 2022. Freshwater wetland–driven variation in sulfur isotope compositions: Implications for human paleodiet and ecological research. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10. [DOWNLOAD .pdf]

  • Guiry EJ, Kennedy JR, O’Connell MT, Gray DR, Grant C, Szpak P, 2021. Early evidence for historical overfishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Science Advances 7, eabh2525. doi:10.1126/sciadv.abh2525. [DOWNLOAD .pdf]

  • Guiry E, Orchard TJ, Needs-Howarth S, Szpak P, 2021. Isotopic Evidence for Garden Hunting and Resource Depression in the Late Woodland of Northeastern North America. American Antiquity 86, 90-110. doi:10.1017/aaq.2020.86. [DOWNLOAD .pdf]

  • Guiry EJ, Szpak P, 2021. Improved quality control criteria for stable carbon and nitrogen isotope measurements of ancient bone collagen. Journal of Archaeological Science 132, 105416. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2021.105416.[DOWNLOAD .pdf]

TEAL Awards and Honours

🏆 2019 Lowest δ13C Value

🏆 2019 Highest δ13C Value

🏆 2020 Lowest δ13C Value

🏆 2019, 2020 Highest δ13C Value

🏆 2020 People's Choice Award (Sample of the Year)

Eric Guiry came to Trent as a SSHRC Banting postdoctoral fellow in 2018. He previously completed a SSHRC posdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia where he also earned his PhD in 2016. He has a diverse range of research interests, but primarily focuses on applying stable isotope analyses to animal remains from archaeological sites. His previous research has emphasized dogs, rats, and pigs, and how isotopic data can be used to better understand human behaviour in the past. More recently, his research has focused on the historical ecology of the Great Lakes watershed and the application of isotopic techniques to modern, historic, and ancient fish remains. Eric is an impressively prolific writer and he has published extensively on a diverse range of subjects where stable isotopes, archaeology, and animals intersect. Eric was first runner up in the 2019 end of the year axe throwing party and is the current champ for number of samples analyzed in the lab. He made a strong showing at the 2019 lab awards with the highest and lowest δ13C values recorded in the calendar year: a sheepshead at −5.67 ‰ (TEAL-7334) and a yellow perch at −29.45 ‰ (TEAL-5420). Eric returned to the group as a postdoctoral fellow in 2023. 

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Environmental & Life Sciences Ph.D. Candidate (2016-)

M.A. Western University, 2003

B.Sc. (Honours) Trent University, 2000

Project: Organic Residues in Middle to Early-Late Woodland Ceramics in the Kawartha Lakes Region.

Kate is a founding member of the TEAL Lab and a PhD candidate in the Environmental and Life Sciences graduate program. Her doctoral research involves the analysis of organic residues in ceramics, to explore if they correspond with the food history of a vessel, and ultimately to analyse the diet and food practices in the Great Lakes region in the Middle Woodland to Early Late Woodland transition. Kate completed her M.A. at Western University, with a project that re-analysed the demographics and mortuary patterning of a Middle Woodland burial mound located on Rice Lake. She has a long time relationship with the Anthropology Department at Trent and holds the position of Curator and Demonstrator/Technician. In her free time, Kate is a keen crafter and a dabbler at heart. Some of her hobbies include sewing, knitting, gardening, and playing D&D, although she is constantly on the search for new pastimes. She is also a very talented baker, indulging all the TEAL members with delicious cakes and good tasting vegan treats (that takes A LOT of skill!). Her love for cats lead her to create an exclusive side-group within the lab called "TEAL Cat Chat", making the dog people clench their teeth in jealousy. Bio by Anahi Maturana. 

TEAL Awards and Honours

🏆 2021 Best Analytical Session (Shared with Jen Routledge)

🎖️ 2021 Special Recognition for Achievement in Social Media (Lab Coat of Arms)

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Environmental & Life Sciences Ph.D. Candidate (2020-)

M.A. Student (2018-20)

M.A. Trent University, 2020

B.Sc. (Honours) Trent University, 2018

TEAL Publications

  • Routledge J, Sonne C, Letcher RJ, Dietz R, Szpak P, 2023. Unprecedented shift in Canadian High Arctic polar bear food web unsettles four millennia of stability. Anthropocene 43, 100397. doi: 10.1016/j.ancene.2023.100397. [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]

  • Louis M, Routledge J, Heide-Jørgensen MP, Szpak P, Lorenzen ED, 2022. Sex and size matter: foraging ecology of offshore harbour porpoises in waters around Greenland. Marine Biology 169, 140. doi:10.1007/s00227-022-04123-x. [DOWNLOAD .pdf

  • Rey-Iglesia A, Wilson T, Routledge J, Skovrind M, Garde E, Heide-Jørgensen MP, Szpak P, Lorenzen ED, 2022. Combining δ13C and δ15N from bone and dentine in marine mammal palaeoecological research: insights from toothed whales. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 1-12. doi:10.1080/10256016.2022.2145285.

Project: Sulfur isotopes in Arctic marine ecosystems.

Jen is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental and Life Sciences program. She is one of the other Trent alumni in the lab, having done her B.Sc. in Anthropology and M.A. in Anthropology here. In her undergrad, Jen studied how changing sea ice conditions in the Arctic affect polar bear ecology in Lancaster Sound using stable carbon and nitrogen analysis. For Jen’s MA thesis, she went (debatably) warmer to the Far Eastern Steppe and used stable carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotope analysis of ostrich shells to study the range, commodification, and local extinction of Asian ostriches. In her Ph.D., Jen is now back to the cold Arctic and studying spatial, temporal, and inter-species sulfur isotope variation in marine environments. Through this, she is also aiming to refine quality control criteria for stable sulfur isotope measurements of ancient bone collagen. When she’s not in the lab, Jen enjoys forest bathing as well as collecting postage stamps from fallen dictatorships. While her projects have focused on carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur, Jen’s favourite isotope is actually 56Fe because it is the most stableBio by Rachel Dickenson. 

TEAL Awards and Honours

2019 Lowest δ15N Value

🥇 2021 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Bone Cutting

🏆 2021 Matt Teeter Award for Most Glassware Broken

🏆 2021 Best Analytical Session (Shared with Kate Dougherty)

🏆 2022 Best Sample Replicate

🥉 2023 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Reagent Weighing

🥉 2023 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Bone Cutting

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Environmental & Life Sciences Ph.D. Student (2022-)

B.A. Simon Fraser University, 2020; M.A. Simon Fraser University, 2022

Project: Historical and Palaeoecology of Arctic Fox

From Vancouver, British Columbia, Alex Derian is a Ph.D. student at Trent University in the Environmental & Life Sciences stream and is currently researching the life histories of Arctic foxes through stable isotope analysis. With a strong academic foundation, she completed her B.A. and M.A. in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, where she honed her skills in zooarchaeological analyses. Progressing into the second year of her Ph.D., Alex is delving into the foraging ecology of Arctic foxes across the Inuit Nunangat, exploring how human subsistence practices have impacted their dietary habits and life histories. Prior to Archaeology, Alex found herself featured in many prominent roles within various independent films, including as a main character in the award-nominated movie Do Cicadas Dream of Death, and even has a profile on IMDB. Aside from her acting career, Alex also boasts many talents, such as a musical inclination to the guitar, drums, violin, and piano! In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, rock climbing, and romantic comedies. One fun fact about Alex is that she speaks a little bit of Scottish Gaelic! Bio by Dashiel Ives. 

TEAL Awards and Honours

🥈 2023 Lab Olympics Silver Medal: Bone Cutting

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Environmental & Life Sciences Ph.D. Student (2024-)

B.A. Akara University, 2019; M.A. Ankara University, 2022

Project: TBD

Bio Coming Soon



Anthropology M.Sc. Student (2022-)

B.Sc. Thesis Student (2021-22)

B.Sc. Trent University, 2022

Project: Agricultural Intensification at Galindo, Moche Valley

Julia is working on her MSc in Anthropology and is excited to return to the lab. She holds an Honours BSc in Anthropology with a minor in Biology. Julia previously worked with Dr. Szpak and the TEAL crew when completing her undergraduate thesis on reconstructing camelid management practices at the archaeological site of Cerro de Oro in the Cañete Valley, Peru. She hopes to make connections in the lab to collaborate on more projects and is aiming to complete a PhD. In her free time, Julia loves to crochet and she recently adopted an adorable cat named Gimli. Bio by Jenna Milner.

TEAL Awards and Honours

🏆 2021 Corrie Hyland Award for Positivity

🥇 2021 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Microbalance Speed

🥇 2022 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Microbalance Speed

🥈 2022 Lab Olympics Silver Medal: Pipette Transfer

🏆 2022 Lowest δ13C Value

🏆 2022 Special Recognition in Social Media Award (Shared with Nicole Hulquist)

🥇 2022 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Pipette Transfer

🥇 2023 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Microbalance Speed

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Anthropology M.Sc. Student (2022-)

B.Sc. Thesis Student (2021-22)

B.Sc. Trent University, 2022 

Project: Quantifying variation in bone collagen turnover rates among species and skeletal elements using bomb curve dating

Originally from King City, Ontario, Olivia completed her honours degree in Anthropology in 2022. Olivia’s capstone research project involved the dietary reconstruction, through stable isotope analysis, of archaeological dog remains from Cerro de Oro, Peru – some of which were ritually sacrificed! Olivia really enjoys listening to music and attending concerts, but there is one rule… ABC (Anything But Country). As far as movies are concerned, Olivia has recently been loving the horror genre, specifically movies and shorts by Ari Aster. Not one to let their mind idle, Olivia spends unsettling amounts of time learning fun facts about serial killers, monster lore, and ghost stories. Olivia started her Master’s degree with TEAL in the Fall of 2022, and will be looking to solve a long-standing archaeological problem… What is the turnover rate of bone within, and among different, skeletal elements? Olivia will be using a novel approach involving radiocarbon dating and atomic bomb-pulse data to answer this very important question. When not in the lab this year, Olivia will be playing squash, painting, gardening, and baking, and of course, picking up fun tidbits about everyone’s favourite mass murderers. Bio by Matt Teeter.

TEAL Awards and Honours

🏆 2022 Best New Taxon

🥉 2022 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Bone Cutting

🏆 2022 Highest δ15N Value

🥈 2023 Lab Olympics Silver Medal: Microbalance Speed

🥉 2023 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Parafilm Shotput

🥉 2023 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Spigot Control

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Anthropology M.Sc. Student (2022-)

B.A. Grand Valley State University, 2020 

Project: Isotopic Perspectives on the Life Histories of Victims of the 1847 Typhus Epidemic in Kingston, Ontario

Alexis joined TEAL in 2022 and is now in the second year of her Masters degree. Originally from Ohio, Alexis graduated with her B.A. in 2020 from Grand Valley State University, where she majored in Anthropology and double minored in Archaeology and French. She is conducting a stable isotope study on the teeth of victims of the 1847 typhus epidemic, which were excavated at a 19th century archaeological site at Kingstone General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. Alexis has successfully proven herself to be the nightowl of the lab with many late autosampler fills and has also been a TA for a lot of night classes. When Alexis is not coming in for more lab work on the weekends, she has some very cool hobbies that include finding and petting as many cute animals as she can, video games (currently Baldur’s Gate and Dave the Diver), rewatching The Great British Bake-Off, Dungeons and Dragons, martial arts, and crafting! Bio by Janelle Priodoehl.

TEAL Awards and Honours

🥇 2023 Lab Olympics Gold Medal: Reagent Weighing

🥉 2023 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Microbalance Accuracy

🥈 2023 Lab Olympics Silver Medal: Spigot Control

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Anthropology M.Sc. Student (2023-)

B.Sc. Trent University, 2023 

Project: Palaeoecology of Neanderthals from Crvena Stijena, Montenegro

Rachel is one of our two new first year Master's students in the lab in 2023. However, she is no stranger to Trent, as she has recently completed her undergraduate degree in the Forensic Science program just this past year. Her thesis will take a multi-isotopic (C, N, S, Sr) approach to study mobility patterns and diet in the Paleolithic at Crvena Stijena. This archaeological site is located in a cave in Montenegro, and its location should provide interesting insights into movement patterns between Africa and the rest of Europe during this time period. Outside of the lab, Rachel enjoys reading murder mysteries, rock climbing, and going on walks to meet the neighborhood dogs. Her beige flag is that she eats Lucky Charms for dinner most nights. Bio by Alexis Rausch. 



Anthropology M.Sc. Student (2023-)

B.Sc. University of Toronto, Mississagua, 2023 

Project: Effects of Decomposition on the Isotopic Composition of Human Soft Tissues

Ryan is a new addition to the TEAL lab! He completed his undergraduate degree in Forensic Anthropology Specialist Degree (BSc) spring of 2023 at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. His master's thesis research will be the examination of soft tissues from human donors at the RESTES facility using stable isotope analysis to examine the changes in stable isotopes after death. This research aims to assess if stable isotopes can be useful markers for time-since-death estimates. Ryan originally went into forensic science after watching the TV show Forensic Files and loves all things Steven King. When he is not doing course work and research, he is often found enjoying fishing, reading, swimming, and gaming. A few fun facts about Ryan is that he has been growing out his long locks since grade 4, he loves peanut butter (but not pb and j sandwiches) and he is an extra in the movie Pixels ft. Adam Sandler! Bio by Julia McCuaig.



Anthropology M.Sc. Student (2021-)

B.A., Universidad de Chile, 2012

Project: Isotopic Perspectives on Agricultural Practices at San Pedro de Atacama

Originally from Chile, Anahi is now in the second year of her master’s degree here in Canada, and has been working on her thesis involving stable isotope analysis of plant remains from the Middle Period and Late Intermediate Period from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Prior to undertaking her master’s, Anahi received her B.A. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Chile. She has also worked in various archaeology-related fields, including museum work, cultural resource management, and bioarchaeological research in the Atacama Desert. Outside of research, Anahi spends a lot of time knitting (like, a lot of time), as well as learning new languages. Currently she speaks English, Spanish, and German fluently, and is working towards learning Italian. With an impressive streak of over 600 days on the language learning app Duolingo, it would be no surprise for her to be fluent in Italian before her degree is done! Bio by Olivia Hall. 

TEAL Awards and Honours

🎖️ 2021 Special Recognition for Social Media (Lab TikTok, Shared with 2021-22 MA Students)

🥉 2022 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Microbalance Accuracy

🏆 2022 Lowest δ15N Value (Shared with 2021-22 Graduate Class)

🏆 2022 Highest δ13C Value

🥉 2023 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Microbalance Speed

🥉 2023 Lab Olympics Bronze Medal: Microbalance Accuracy

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Conservation Biology B.Sc. Student (2023-)

B.Sc., Trent University, 2024 (Expected)

Project: Palaeoecology of Alaskan Pinnipeds

Bio Coming Soon

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Anthropology B.A. Student (2023-)

B.A., Trent University, 2024 (Expected)

Project: Stables Isotopes and Diet of Canids from Cape Espenberg, Alaska

Dashiell is a fourth-year undergraduate student completing his honours thesis. His research evaluates whether dogs are a suitable proxy for humans in Birnirk (northern Alaska, AD 6th–12th centuries) paleodiet reconstructions. Dashiell’s research interests include paleoanthropology, human migrations, and South African archaeology. He also has experience building 3D models of paleoanthropological and osteological specimens that are used for teaching purposes at Trent. Outside of his research, Dashiell enjoys mixed martial arts (particularly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, and judo), lifting weights, and reading. A fun fact about Dashiell is that he used to be a competitive go-kart racer! Bio by Alex Derian. 



Archaeology B.Sc. Student (2023-)

B.Sc., Trent University, 2024 (Expected)

Project: Stables Isotopes of Highland Camelids in Chile

Meet Janelle! Janelle is an undergraduate student in the Archaeology program at Trent. Her thesis research involves conducting stable isotope analysis on camelids from archaeological sites in northern Chile, with a specific emphasis on characterizing the isotopic compositions of camelids living in high altitude pastures of this region. Janelle's passion for archaeology traces back to her childhood curiosity about the ways people lived in the past. Throughout her degree, Janelle has honed her interests, primarily centering on agricultural and pastoral subsistence strategies. Additionally, Janelle has acquired expertise in ceramics through her participation in Trent’s Belize field school where she contributed to the excavation of Mayan ceramics. Beyond her academic pursuits, Janelle is an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and camping. She is also a retired soccer player who got to compete in places such as California and North Carolina. When she's not busy with sports and outdoor adventures, you can find her reading, gaming, or playing board or card games with her friends. Her top recommendation for a fun game night? Dutch Blitz!

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Visiting Scholar (2023-), Anthropology Ph.D. Student at University of Toronto

Project: Animal Management Practices in the Neolithic of Eastern Mongolia

Moses comes to our lab this year as a second year PhD student from the Anthropology department at the University of Toronto. He is eager to make stable isotope analysis an integral method of his research program, which focuses on understanding Early Neolithic management of horses and cattle in eastern Mongolia. Moses hopes that, through a comprehensive suite of isotopic analyses, he will be able to reveal the migration and diet patterns pertaining to these species, and specifically learn about the adoption and implementation of foddering practices in animal management. Prior to his work with supervisor Dr Lisa Janz at U of T, Moses completed his BSc at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. As an undergraduate, he conducted faunal analysis which led to his interest in horses and in the potential of stable isotope analysis as a tool to answer important archaeological questions. Moses continues to participate in a project investigating inter-site interactions with horses in Nigeria and looks forward to bringing knowledge in stable isotopes to that research as well. In his off hours he enjoys playing chess and acquired a Mongolian chess board during his field expedition this past summer. His favourite music genre is Afrobeats so we look forward to some new music in the lab this year. Bio by Jen Routledge. 

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Visiting Scholar (2019-), Anthropology Ph.D. Student at Yale University

Project: Stables Isotopes of Mongolian Fauna

Bio Coming Soon



Visiting Scholar (2022-), Anthropology Ph.D. Student at Yale University

Project: Stables Isotopes of Mongolian Fauna

Bio Coming Soon



Visiting Scholar (2023-)

Project: Stables Isotopes of Black Sea Fauna

Magie first visited TEAL in the depths of winter 2021, and luckily the freezing cold and COVID-deserted hallways didn’t put her off because she is back for a longer spell! Born in Wisconsin, she spent her teenage years in Alberta, has done fieldwork in Greece, and most recently lived in Denmark, where she completed her PhD in May 2023 at the University of Copenhagen. Magie wanted to be a teacher when she was little, and she is fulfilling that dream in part by teaching Archaeology II: Methods for the Department of Anthropology at Trent in the Fall term. In her spare time she can be found curled up with a book exploring some strange new worlds of science fiction. Her favourite colour is purple and her favourite food is (good) watermelon. Since that is such a rare find, however, she wouldn’t say no to aged white cheddar or smoked gouda instead. Speaking of food, her research interests include food resource use and human-animal relationships and exploitation, most recently focused on Black Sea cetaceans. Bio by Kate Dougherty. 

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Lab Mascot (2017-)

No known degrees

Project: Diet-tissue discrimination factors for canids provisioned with a wide range of meats and cheeses.

Joy's past is shrouded in mystery but she joined the group from Istanbul, Turkey in 2017. She has a cauliflower ear and a friendly disposition. Her favourite piece of anthropological literature is "How Dogs Dream" by Eduardo Kohn, although she admits that she doesn't really understand it. Her primary research interests include the anthropology of sleeping and laziness, experimental archaeology focusing on the taphonomy of large mammal bones exposed to carnivore gnawing, and the behavioural ecology of squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits. Her main contribution to the lab is the initial processing of animals bones that are used in methodological studies such as the VIP, DATA, PATRICIA, and TIBIA graduate class projects.

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