BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Diana Moreiras Reynaga: Executive Director
(BA & MA, University of British Columbia; PhD, The University of Western Ontario) is currently a Research Associate at The University of British Columbia and a Bioarchaeologist within the Templo Mayor Project who specializes in Mesoamerican bioarchaeology. Her main research interests include ancient human diets and geographic mobility, stable isotopes, biomolecular techniques, childhood and children in Mesoamerica, the use of animals in Mesoamerican ritual contexts, and the use (environmental, cultural, symbolic) of Theobroma cacao (chocolate) and maize by pre-Columbian peoples across the Americas. Her PhD research involved the study of dietary and residential patterns via multiple stable isotope analyses of adults and subadults sacrificed by the Aztecs (Mexica) at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan and Templo R of Tlatelolco (Basin of Mexico) during the Late Postclassic period (AD 900-1521). Her research can be found at: https://ubc.academia.edu/DianaMoreiras
Matthew Longstaffe: Financial Director
(BA University of Western Ontario; MA Trent University) is a Doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary. His ongoing research examines ancient Maya household strategies of integration with socioeconomic institutions. He has conducted archaeological field work in Belize, Mexico, and Ontario. He has also worked in leadership positions at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in the areas of programmatic evaluation, data analysis, continuous quality assurance, and project management. He is currently the Field Director for the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project (https://scraparchaeology.com/), Alabama, Stann Creek District, Belize, and a Field Supervisor for the Proyecto Arqueológico Yaxnohcah (PAY), Yaxnohcah, Campeche, Mexico.
Dr. Alec McLellan: Research Director
(BA & MA Trent University, PhD University College London) is a Field Director at Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI), a Research Fellow at Trent University Archaeological Research Centre (TUARC), and a Sessional Instructor at University of Toronto, Mississauga. His research focuses on the development of Precolumbian Maya civilization at Lamanai and Ka’kabish, two sites in northern Belize. He is interested in settlement patterns, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, spatial analysis, geographic information systems, and early complex societies. His PhD dissertation demonstrated that the inhabitants of Lamanai reacted to periods of increased soil erosion and deforestation by managing their agricultural and arboreal resources, striking a balance between settlement growth and an increasing need to exploit the environment.
Dr. Aleksa K. Alaica: Events Director
(BA University of Toronto; Msc University of Edinburgh; PhD University of Toronto)
Aleksa is currently a Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta and director of the project titled “Imperial Animal Management Strategies in Cusco, Peru: Tracking Social and Environmental Sustainability through Faunal Remains and Isotope Analyses”. Her main research interests include human-animal interactions, bioarchaeology, isotope analyses, Andean archaeology, political economy, and pastoralism. Her PhD research involved the study of the exploitation and veneration of animal species among the Moche of North Coast Peru. She examined the Moche iconographic record, faunal remains from the Middle Horizon sites (CE 600-1000) of Huaca Colorada and Tecapa and undertook systematic isotopic analyses of human and animal remains to interpret the role of wild and domesticated species in the daily lives, seasonal gatherings, and ritual practices of coastal communities. Her current postdoctoral research addresses the role and influence of Wari imperial expansion during the Middle Horizon of the Cusco region. The central objective of this research is to realize the way that local groups of the Cusco region were responding to environmental and political transformations to shed light on the obstacles faced by these communities and their resilience in the face of change.
Her research can be found at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5tCkPxoAAAAJ&hl=en
Amedeo Sghinolfi: Social Media Director
(BA & MA, University of Padova – Italy) is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario. His ongoing PhD research aims to reconstruct the Prehispanic settlement patterns of the Carabamba Valley, located between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean in Northern Peru. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Italy (Aquileia, Sepino, Pilastri di Bondeno), in the Moche and Virú valleys in Northern Peru, and he analyzed Peruvian ceramic artifacts preserved in the Museum of Civilizations (former Pigorini Museum in Rome). His research interests include intergroup interaction, ancient borderlands, settlement patterns, spatial analyses through Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, ceramic analysis and early state societies. His research can be viewed at: https://westernu.academia.edu/AmedeoSghinolfi
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