Current IPIA Scholars


Solene Mallet Gauthier – PhD Candidate

My research will focus on Métis foodways and identity through the analysis of plant and insect remains found on Métis overwintering sites.

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Elizabeth Goldberg – PhD Student

Libby's MA research examines the woven fiber perishables uncovered at the 13th c. site of the Promontory Caves, UT. Her work is complementary to her supervisor Jack Ives' previous studies of the site's moccasins, which bear structural similarities to those made by Subarctic Dene language-speakers. She seeks to determine if the site's basketry and cordage likewise have more in common with the Subarctic or if they better reflect those made by contemporaneous Fremont populations in the eastern Great Basin.

Stephanie Halmhofer- PhD Student

Since completing my undergraduate program at the University of Alberta in 2012, I've worked as an archaeologist in Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia. I finished my Masters degree at the University of Toronto, where I studied rare blown glass beads uncovered at Sexwamin (Garden Bay), British Columbia. Since then, my interests have turned to something called pseudoarchaeology, which refers to the intentional misinterpretation, misrepresentation, and/or manipulation of archaeology for alternative and speculative theories about human history (aka archaeological conspiracy theories). My PhD research will be examining the connections between pseudoarchaeology and conspirituality (ideologies built from blending conspiracy theories with New Age spiritualism) in historic and contemporary North America, with close focus on Brother XII and the Aquarian Foundation (c. 1920s-1930s).

William (Liam) Wadsworth – PhD Candidate

Liam specializes in applying geophysics/remote sensing techniques to Canadian archaeology, primarily at the request of Indigenous communities. He has had the opportunity to work on diverse sites representing different time periods and cultures. His other research interests include: landscape archaeology, GIS, Indigenous Knowledge, non-invasive and digital technologies, archaeological science, and unmarked graves. His supervisor is Dr. Kisha Supernant. Story Map CV: 

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Dawn Wambold – PhD Student

I completed my BA in Anthropology with distinction at Athabasca University in 2017. Later that same year, I started my MA with the Exploring Métis Identity Through Archaeology (EMITA) project. My MA research focused on the stories that the archaeological record can tell about the daily life and relationships of Métis women at overwintering sites. For my PhD, I am continuing my work with EMITA but shifting my focus to the Métis of Southern Alberta. Through the use of archaeology I hope to gain a greater understanding of the earliest connections of the Métis to this landscape.

maria-2022.jpgMaria Nelson - MA Student

Maria is a Ukrainian Métis woman residing on Treaty 6 territory. Her family comes from across the prairies, and is connected to the Métis families of Lavallee, Piche, Arcand, Vandale, Anderson, Cayen, McGillis, Grant, Poitras, Ross, Short, McKay, and many others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology from the University of Alberta. She is working on her Masters under Dr. Kisha Supernant. Her research will focus on looking at Métis deathscapes as a form of erasure, dispossession, and reconnection, seeking to identify areas that have a high potential for Métis connections and work toward recognizing and commemorating the Métis ancestors in these places.

lyndsay-2022.pngLyndsay Dagg - MA Student

Lyndsay received her BSc in Anthropology from the University of Victoria in June of 2022 and then moved to Edmonton to work with Dr. Kisha Supernant at the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology. Lyndsay's MA research involves using geospatial technologies including Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and GIS to do non-invasive archaeological research. In particular, her research focuses on using these non-invasive technologies to investigate burials and their placement in the landscape at the request of communities in order or to not only locate burials but to also gain insight into the people who participated in the burial.