News Coverage for the Barkley Sound Field School

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The 2018 field school received CHEK Television news coverage including an interview with students Jen Hogan and Larissa Dixon, and co-director of the project and Tseshaht representative Denis St. Claire. Below are some atmospheric photos from this field season. More news to come.

New editorial in Ecology and Society

I am honoured to be part of a multi-authored editorial introducing a special issue in Ecology & Society on Coupled Human-Coastal Ecosystems: Building Resilience through Teaching and Research Partnerships along with SFU resource and environmental management faculty (A. Salomon, K. Lertzman D. Secord) and Kelly Brown director of the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department and Haida matriarch Ḵii’iljuus Barb Wilson.


New aDNA Rockfish paper in PLoS One

PhD Student at SFU Antonia Rodrigues and I co-led a study of ancient rockfish from archaeological sites just inside and out of marine protected area and national park reserve on western Vancouver Island with the support of Dongya Yang. This archipelago is a phenomenal fishing ground and heavily targeted by commercial and recreational fishing efforts. Archaeological sites throughout the islands provide a comparison to modern fishing efforts and extend perspective on conservation area management.

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Student trip to present to the Pacific Ecology & Evolution Conference in Bamfield

On a sort of snowy afternoon in February, four UVic students I am proud to be working with travelled to Bamfield to present on their archaeological research in Barkley Sound and elsewhere at PEEC.  Very exciting to see this work come together.

Dylan Hillis, Seonaid Duffield, Meaghan Efford, and Robert Gustas.

Santa Fe trip

In November,  was fortunate to attend a very cool Santa Fe Institute workshop in on tracking human uses of animal and plant species via archaeological and ethnographic sources. This was organized by Jennifer Dunne and Spencer Wood and included several cool folk including ASBC President Jacob Earnshaw. Along the way, I got to visit Taos Pueblo where I took this photo of the dyes used in traditional weaving practices.


Funding news

In September, I was fortunate to get an invite to attend a special UVic event where Canada’s Minister of Science was announcing new Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) funding. I am very grateful to have been among several faculty at UVic to receive NSERC ‘Discovery Grant’ funding for 5 years to support my Marine Historical Ecology research program. It was swiftly pointed out to me on twitter that the term ‘discovery’ is highly awkward in Indigenous contexts and a worthy reminder of the care and respect that needs to be taken in archaeological research.


Field School Promo Video

The UVic archaeology field school has been featured in the a new video produced by the university with footage from the Hakai Institute.

Halibut Derby for Archaeology

UVic anthropology graduate student Jacob Salmen-Hartley has successfully sampled his way through the Halibut Derby on southern Vancouver Island with the help of field assistant Johnny. Jacob is building a reference collection of a range of halibut of different sizes.


Historical Ecology Paper in PLoS One

Chelsey Armstrong from SFU and Anna Shoemaker from Uppsala co-led an international effort to consolidate research questions on Historical Ecology. This paper is available for free at this: link and this also generated some news coverage 

Indigenous Fisheries Paper online and open access

Hakai Blogged about my recent publication on the archaeology of Indigenous fishing practices with Madonna Moss here. Here is a link to the open access paper and a wonderful infographic put together by Josh Silberg below.mckechnie_and_moss_fish_bones_v9.png