Hi everyone! Although you briefly got to meet me in the introduction to the CAP fellows post, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself in more detail.
I attended MSU from 2003-2007, focusing mainly on physical anthropology, and graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology. As I previously mentioned, while an undergrad I participated in the 2005 Saint’s Rest Field School. This was my first hands-on practical experience with archaeology and I was hooked.
After graduating I went straight into the M.A. program at California State University, Chico. While there I focused on forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. My thesis examined the impact of large bodied scavengers, like bears, on remains left in remote environments. I used game trail cameras to monitor scavenger activity around pig carcasses, and used that data to create a model to use in the interpretation of scavenging damage in forensic cases. Forensic anthropology allowed me to participate in many unique situations, but my personal favorite was being lowered out of a helicopter to reach a remote scene.
But just because I was focusing on forensics, that didn’t mean I let my archaeological training go by the wayside. I participated in another field school that surveyed and excavated the possible site of a historic flume tenders cabin. I also attended, and later aided in the instruction of a forensic archaeology field school.
After graduating with my M.A. in 2011 I spent a few years working in Northern California. I worked as an osteologist on the salvage excavation and onsite analysis of a
historic paupers cemetery in San Jose, California. This site is going to be the focus of my dissertation work. After concluding with the cemetery, I worked as a lecturer in the CSU, Chico Anthropology department.
Now I’m back at MSU to pursue my Ph.D. in mortuary archaeology. It truly feels like things have come full circle being able to participate in the campus archaeology program once again.