Alumni News

PhD Alumni Lisa Maher, Danielle Macdonald, and Jay Stock Co-Author Paper in Paléorient

Together with current PhD student Aleksa Alaica and Prof. Edward Banning, PhD Alumni Lisa Maher, Danielle Macdonald, and Jay Stock have co-authored Two Early Epipalaeolithic Sites in Wadi Taiyiba, Northern Jordan, appearing in Paléorient 40(1): 73-97. The paper contributes to understanding of site diversity and settlement patterns in the relatively poorly known Early Epipalaeolithic period.

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Jayne Wilkins (PhD 2012)

Jayne Wilkins Co-Authors Paper in PloS ONE

Jayne Wilkins, who completed her PhD in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Michael Chazan, has co-authored “An Experimental Investigation of the Functional Hypothesis and Evolutionary Advantage of Stone-Tipped Spears” with B.J. Schoville and K.S. Brown. The article appears in PLoS ONE 9(8) and is available on Jayne’s academia.edu profile here. Jayne is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Arizona State University in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Laura Bolt Publishes Paper in Folia Primatologica

PhD graduate Laura Bolt has authored a paper titled “Male-specific use of the purr in the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta),”  published in the online issue of Folia Primatologica. Although mammals usually purr in affiliative contexts, such as grooming and nursing, this paper presents evidence that ring-tailed lemur males purr primarily in an unexpected context: during male-male agonism, such as fights. Laura was co-supervised by Profs. Joyce Parga and Shawn Lehman. Her full article can be read online at: http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/363057

M.Sc Alumna Michelle Cameron Receives PAST Student Paper Award

Recent M.Sc. Graduate Michelle Cameron (now on a SSHRC doctoral scholarship at the University of Cambridge) was awarded the Palaeoanthropological Scientific Trust (PAST) Student Paper award at the Pan African Archaeological Association/Society of Africanist Archaeologists joint meeting, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 14-18 July, 2014. The paper, entitled “Later Stone Age foragers’ long bone cross-sectional geometric properties compared: fynbos, forest and Lower Orange River Valley,” is a synopsis of her master’s research. Prof. Susan Pfeiffer is co-author. The work will also be appearing in the South African Journal of Science.

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MSc Alumnus (2013) Cadell Last

MSc Graduate Cadell Last Publishes in World Future Review and Current Aging Science

Congratulations to MSc Graduate Cadell Last for recently publishing two articles. “Global Brain and the Future of Human Society” was published in the June 2014 (vol. 6, no. 2: 143-150) edition of World Future Review (see http://wfr.sagepub.com/content/6/2/143). “Human Evolution, Life History Theory, and the End of Biological Reproduction” was published in Vol. 7, Issue 1 of Current Aging Science (see http://eurekaselect.com/122291/article).

Cadell is currently a graduate student at the Global Brain Institute (GBI) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. He completed his MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology here at U of T in 2013. Follow Cadell on Academic.edu, where you can also download his latest publications, at https://vub.academia.edu/CadellLast

Mahiye Seçil Daǧtaș Defends Thesis, Offered Job at Waterloo

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Seçil Daǧtaș has defended her PhD and has been hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo

Congratulations to Mahiye Seçil Daǧtaș for defending her PhD on June 25, 2014. Supervised by Prof. Janice Boddy, Secil’s thesis title is “Heterogeneous Encounters: Tolerance, Secularism and Religious Difference in Turkey’s Border with Syria.”

Secil has already been offered a position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Waterloo. She begins there as an Assistant Professor on July 1. Check out her faculty profile page at https://uwaterloo.ca/anthropology/people-profiles/secil-dagtas

Recent PhD Alumna Danielle Macdonald Co-Authors Paper in Microscopy Today

PhD Alumna Danielle Macdonald working in the field.
PhD Alumna Danielle Macdonald working in the field.

Recent PhD Graduate Danielle Macdonald, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis in France, has just published a paper with co-author Adrian A Evans. Entitled “Evaluating Surface Cleaning Techniques of Stone Tools Using Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy.” The article appears in the May 2014 edition of Microscopy Today (Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 22-27). You can download a copy of the paper from Danielle’s academia.edu website at https://landaverde.academia.edu/DanielleMacdonald or  click here. Danielle completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Michael Chazan in April 2013.

Photo of Zoe WoolPhD Alumna Zoë Wool Hired as Assistant Professor at Rice University

Zoë H. Wool (PhD 2011, supervised by Prof. Todd Sanders), currently a Fellow in Theory and Writing in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, will take up a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University starting in 2015. Read more about Zoë’s recent research here.

PhD Alumnus Christopher Watts Hired at University of Waterloo

Congratulations to Christopher Watts (PhD 2006) for his recent tenure-stream appointment at the University of Waterloo! Chris completed his PhD in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. David G. Smith. In addition to teaching several archaeology courses for us over the years, Chris is in the process of completing a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Western University.

PhD Alumna Emily Holland Hired at Brandon University

Emily Holland (PhD 2013) recently signed a contract for a tenure-stream appointment in Physical Anthropology at Brandon University. Emily completed her PhD just last year under the supervision of Prof. Tracy Rogers. Emily will be joining a department that has another U of T Anthropology PhD Grad among its ranks, Assistant Professor Emma Varley (PhD 2008).

OrchardPhD Alumnus Trevor Orchard Becomes New Lab Tech at UTM

After a long process, due to the truly amazing pool of applicants, it was recently announced that Trevor Orchard will be joining UTM Anthropology as their new laboratory technician, as of April 1, 2014.   This position includes dedicated support to the curation, use and development of the extensive UTM faunal collection.

Trevor replaces Deborah Berg, who will be officially retiring as of March 31. We hope that after a well-deserved break, we will see her on frequent occasions as a research specialist using the faunal collection she has spent so much time and effort to develop

Trevor is a dedicated zooarchaeologist with a biology and anthropology background in BC, capped by a doctorate here at U of T with Prof. Gary Coupland on archaeological faunal resource use in the Northwest Coast, focusing especially on marine ecosystems.  Since then, he has held post-docs and taught a range of archaeology and environment/biology courses at several universities in the area, including a successful three years at McMaster where he updated their faunal collection to aid in teaching.

Please do take the opportunity to welcome Trevor (trevor.orchard@utoronto.ca) and tell Debbie how much she will be missed (deborah.berg@utoronto.ca)

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