Aberdeen Team

 

Rob Wishart

Rob Wishart

r.p.wishart@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Wishart will be documenting the ethnography and history of science of caribou, dog, fish, and muskoxen in Canada's Northwest and Yukon Territories and Alaska with Gwich'in hunters as well as biologists working in the region.

Peter Loovers

Peter Loovers 

p.loovers@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Loovers has been working extensively on the relations between dogs, fish, and caribou through ethnographic and archival research. His particular focus is on so-called 'working dogs' in the Gwich'in communities in Canada's Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

Dmitry Arzyutov

Dmitry Arzyutov

d.arzyutov@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Arzyutov will be studying reindeer and dog-rearing cultures on the Yamal peninsula with special attention to the way that local Nenetses view each species as creating special 'societies'.  Dr. Arzyutov is also employed on an ESRC funded project on the history of Etnos theory.

 

 Alex Oehler

Alex Oehler

r01aco12@abdn.ac.uk

Alex Oehler is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and holder of a research fellowship from 'The North' Programme at the same university. His work with the Arctic Domus project will involve the study of the varied cosmologies of settlers and indigenous people in their relationship with the environment within Siberia. 

 

 

Catherine Munro

Catherine Munro

r02cm14@abdn.ac.uk

Catherine Munro is a PhD student in the Arctic Domus project. She will be researching historic and contemporary relationships surrounding the breeding of Shetland ponies. Catherine will examine the history of the classification of the ‘breed’ as well as their role in colonization across the Arctic.

Sara Asu Schroer

Sara Asu Schroer

s.schroer@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Sara Asu Schroer is examining the complex trans-species relationships that develop in falconry – a hunting practice through which humans and birds of prey learn to hunt in cooperation. In her current post-doctoral research she extended fieldwork and archival research to also include the practice of breeding of birds of prey. In her research she is particularly interested in exploring question of trans-species knowledge and learning as well as aspects of architectures and technologies of domestication. 

Paula Schiefer

 Paula Shiefer

r01pes14@abdn.ac.uk

Paula Schiefer is a PhD student in the Arctic Domus Project. The focus of Paula’s research is on relations between (Yup’ ik) people, salmon and other animals along the Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska. She is especially interested in practices that cultivate relations between people and salmon, including those that make, perpetuate, or hinder salmon’s significance as a valuable animal.

Karen Milek

 Karen Milek

k.milek@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Karen Milek, Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Geosciences, will be applying geoarchaeological techniques to contemporary and historical reindeer herding camps in Siberia in order to determine if signatures of reindeer penning and other management practices may be preserved in the archaeological record.

Laura Siragusa

Laura Siragusa

laura.siragusa@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Laura Siragusa will be examining human-animal relationships through communicative interaction among Veps and Sámi, two Finno-Ugric groups in north-western Russia. She will problematize the nature of communicative activities and observe how Vepsian and Sámi villagers talk about the animals, how they talk to, engage with and negotiate with the animals and the spirits. Shifting the focus to the linguistic interaction between humans and animals will also allow Dr. Siragusa to add knowledge to concerns about the creation or building of the environment.

Ilse Kamerling

ilse.kamerling@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Ilse Kamerling Ilse’s research interests comprise the reconstruction of small scale human impact in boreal forest environments using a combination of pollen, coprophilous fungal spores and microscopic charcoal. During her PhD work here in Aberdeen she applied these techniques in northern Sweden at historical Sámi reindeer herding areas and within the vicinity of past Nordic farming settlements. At present Ilse is involved in the Arctic Domus project, a multi-disciplinary research project that looks at animal domestication and its development throughout the Russian Federation, Fennoscandia, Canada, and Alaska. Her field sites are located in the Saian Mountains, southern Siberia, where she is looking to determine what plant taxa are indicative of reindeer herding in this environment compared to those already identified in northern Sweden. This will then be used to create palaeo-ecological reconstructions of past reindeer herding activity at recently abandoned and historic reindeer herding sites, to supplement the limited or contradicting information available from oral histories.

Tamara Ranspot

Tamara Ranspot

r01tar14@abdn.ac.uk

Tamara Ranspot is a PhD student in the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Anthropology. She will be studying the role of music in human-animal relationships, looking in particular at the ways in which people communicate with, represent, and assert their relationships with animals through music. She will be working with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation in and around Dawson City, Yukon Territory in Northern Canada.

Loïc Harrault

Loic Harrault

loic.harrault@abdn.ac.uk

Loïc Harrault joined the HUMANOR project as a postdoc in May 2015 in the Aberdeen team with Dr. Karen Milek, Pr. Lorna Dawson (James Hutton Institute) and Pr. David Anderson. He is a geoarcheologist specialised in organic geochemistry. He uses chemical and molecular tools like lipid biomarkers to identify the presence of reindeers and other animals in archeological sites from Siberia and Sweden to better understand the evolution of human-animal relationships over time in these areas.

Erin Consiglio

Erin Consiglio

r01emc15@abdn.ac.uk

Erin Consiglio is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology.  She will be studying human-animal relationships in Canada, focusing on animals in oral history.  She will be working with Gwich’in women in Old Crow, in the northern Yukon.

Gioia Barnbrook

Gioia Barnbrook

r01emc15@abdn.ac.uk

Gioia Barnbrook is a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. Her current research explores the relational ecology of historical and contemporary human-waterfowl-environment connections among coastal Cree in the eastern James Bay. Focusing particularly on documenting Cree knowledge of these relationships, it will also incorporate archival accounts of missionaries, traders and scientists.