Anthropology MA Students

eaEmma Andrews


Supervisor: Dr. Melanie Wiber

Emma’s MA project is focused on tidal power development in the Bay of Fundy. Her research thus far has focused on the sustainability discourse, the impacts of tidal power, the environmental assessment process and frameworks for public participation. She conducted a policy gap analysis regarding the permitting process for in-stream tidal energy conversion installations in Canada and the United States. Her work will examine risk perception and tidal power environmental impacts in a transboundary context. 

ChrisChris Brouillette


Supervisor: Dr. gabriel Hrynick

Chris previously worked as a field archaeologist in cultural resource management in the southern New England region and holds a B.A. degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. His research interests lie in the lithic technologies of the prehistoric New England-Maritime region. Related interests include CRM, prehistoric archaeology, and experimental archaeology.


Katherine Davidson

BA (Honours) in Archaeology from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.

Supervisor: Dr. Susan Blair

Katherine's research interests include historic archaeology and the contact period, repatriation, archaeological ethics and collections management. Her Master's research will focus on fur trade archaeology through analysis of collections from Northern Ontario.

Jessica Hinton


Supervisor: Dr. Amy Scott

Jessica has a deep fascination with 18th century maritime history and seafaring culture. Her master’s research focuses on the study of human skeletal remains and associated mortuary artifacts from Rochefort Point, the main burial ground of the Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton, NS. During the 18th century, the Fortress of Louisbourg was the gem of France’s overseas expansion as a prominent economic and strategic stronghold in the North Atlantic. Erosion of this site offers an opportunity to investigate its cultural and skeletal remains buried there. This research will illuminate the struggles of colonial life during this tumultuous time in Atlantic Canadian history.


Margaret Horne

Supervisor:  Dr. Susan Blair

Concentrating on coastal archaeology, Margaret is looking at shell middens in the Maritimes, with special interest in Nova Scotia and PEI.





Trevor Lamb

BA Anthropology (University of Maine, Orono)

Supervisor: Dr. Gabriel Hrynick

Trevor’s interests lie broadly in the manifestation of ceramic technology during the Woodland Period in the modern day Maritime Provinces and New England States. He is especially interested in exploring patterns of vessel manufacture, and in exploring the nature and role of ceramics in Wabanaki society. He has been involved in excavations at various sites in coastal Maine, USA.



Andrew Luden

BA with Honours - University of Windsor

Supervisor: Dr. Evelyn Plaice

Social Anthropology.
Topic of Interest: Politics of Education and the Construction of Knowledge.



Mattia Fonzo

BSc (Trent University)

Supervisor: Dr. Amy Scott

Mattia completed her BSc in Forensic Science and Anthropology at Trent University. She will be working with human remains excavated from Rochefort Point at the Fortress of Louisbourg (1713-1758). Her research will focus on traumatic bone injuries and pathological conditions that the individuals at the Fortress endured throughout their lifetimes.


michael rooneyMichael Rooney


Supervisor: Dr. Susan Blair

Michael has been a practising field archaeologist for 12 years with much of his experience having been gained in Europe.  Through the lens of human-fish interaction and archaeologically recognized food storage and processing facilities located on the banks of the Miramichi River in Northeastern New Brunswick, his research explores a particular form of hunter-gatherer delayed-return subsistence economy and its wider socio-cultural significance during the Maritime Woodland Period (ca. 2800 - 500 BP).   




jwJesse Webb

BA (Hons.) Anthropology, UNB

Supervisors: Susan Blair and Matthew Betts

Jesse’s research concentrates on shell midden archaeology and ancient fisheries in North America. His thesis research focuses on an assemblage of archaeological fish remains from the mainland Quoddy Region, with particular emphasis on the ways in which the procurement and consumption of fish articulates with subsistence economies, settlement patterns, and prehistoric lifeways of the ancestral Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy) people and other groups from the Maritime Provinces. Jesse has also been involved in multidisciplinary research investigating the modern and historic ecology of sturgeon, as well as reviewing traditional sturgeon fisheries from the Atlantic and Pacific river drainages of North America. He has likewise been involved with ongoing coastal archaeological research in Maine, USA.