Alaska Quaternary Center
P.O. Box 755940
University of Alaska Fairbanks , AK , 99775-5940
Tel: (907) 474-6387
Doctorat (Ph.D.), University of Paris 1, Panthéon - Sorbonne, France-- (Anthropology, Ethnology, Prehistory), March 2001
Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) University of Paris 1, Panthéon--Sorbonne (Anthropology, Ethnology, Prehistory), June 1994
Degree in Basic Xylology (wood identification). University of Paris 6, Pierre et Marie Curie, France, June 1994
Maitrise (M.A.) University of Paris 1, Panthéon--Sorbonne, France-- (History of Art & Archaeology), Oct. 1993
Licence (B.A.) University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne, France-- (History of Art & Archaeology), June 1992
RESEARCH INTEREST AND AREA OF EXPERTISE
Ethnoarchaeology of wood use in the Arctic , past and present Inuit wood technology, driftwood transport and circulation, Archaeological wood remains, wood and charcoal identification, tree-ring research.
Primary field research: Alaska, Bering Strait and the Canadian Arctic
Driftwood in the North Project. The goal of this project is to explore 1) the "production" of driftwood in Alaska and Bering Strait, 2) the mechanisms of wood use by people inhabiting coastal Alaska. It includes: building floodplain white spruce tree-ring chronologies along the Yukon and the Kuskokwim rivers; crossdating driftwood from coastal Alaska; documenting traditional ecological and technological knowledge on driftwood in riverine and coastal areas; working with communities of Southwestern Alaska to record Yup'ik terminology of wood and wood working. Analyzing archaeological collections from western and northwestern Alaska.