Alumni News

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 ( and tell Debbie how much she will be missed (

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