Confirmed End–Term Doctoral Candidate – Projected graduation: 9/2019

University of Queensland – Brisbane, Australia Major: Archaeology

Funded through the University of Queensland Centennial Scholarship; International Student Research Scholarship; School of Social Science Strategic Planning Grant and Research Bursary; Australian Research Council Grant

Thesis title: Sourcing Prehistoric Interaction of Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Modeling the Development of Social Complexity in Extreme Isolation

Master’s Degree of Arts (First Class Honours): 12/2008 (U.S.A. Certified)         

University of Auckland – Auckland, New Zealand Major: Archaeology/ G.P.A. 4.0/4.0

Thesis title: Political Economy and the Visibility of Easter Island’s Monumental Architecture                      

Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (With Merit and Distinction): 12/2007 (U.S.A. Certified)

University of Auckland – Auckland, New Zealand Major: Archaeology/ G.P.A. 4.0/4.0                                                           

Bachelor’s of Arts (Advanced): 5/2002 (U.S.A. Certified)

University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Major: Anthropology – Minor: Geography G.P.A. 3.0/4.0                                              

High School Diploma:  6/1996

Wheaton–Warrenville South (WWS) High School – Wheaton, Illinois, U.S.A. G.P.A. 3.5/4.0

Four–time varsity wrestling award winner

Three–time WWS most valuable wrestler award

Three–time wrestling sectional qualifier

Two–time DuPage Valley Conference (DVC) All–Conference 

1993, 1994  DVC Academic All–Conference

1996 DVC Champ,  1995 DVC Runner–up

1995, 1996 Illinois Greco–Roman State Champ

1995, 1996 Team Illinois National Qualifier Greco–Roman and Freestyle

1995 Greco–Roman All–American


Youth Education Blue Card: 4/2014 Queensland Government – Brisbane, Australia

Substitute Teacher: 7/2009 Illinois State Board of Education – DuPage County Regional Office of Education – Wheaton, Illinois, U.S.A

T.E.F.L. (Teaching English as a Foreign Language): 10/2002 Bridge–Linguatec – Santiago, Chile


Adjunct Faculty:  8/2011 – Present

College of DuPage: Department of Anthropology – Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.A.

Since Fall semester 2011, I have taught multiple classes (see teaching list below) including sections in Anthropology 1000 (Introduction to Anthropology), Anthropology 1100 (Cultural Anthropology), Anthropology 1120 (Discovering Archaeology), and Anthropology 1130 (People and Cultures of the World – The Pacific). Class types included: 16–week, 12–week, 8–week, Adult Fast Track, Hybrid, and Internet classes. During the 2012–13 school year, I was nominated as a part–time faculty member of the year. In 2013, I won an Online Course Development Grant to create curriculum for Anthropology 1130–People and Cultures of the Pacific. 2011 Faculty spotlight, 2012 GEI Harvard grant, 2015 Celebrating Our Own, 2017 Simpson family at COD, 2018 Easter Island research.               

Anthropology Instructor & Researcher: 12/2004 – Present

Museo Antropológico Padre Sebastián Englert (MAPSE) – Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile

In collaboration with Manu Iri and Terevaka Archaeological Outreach, I work as a bilingual instructor teaching Rapa Nui youth the basics of anthropology including archaeology and museology. I have developed curriculum, created guidebooks, and outreach activities for multiple years.  In 2017, we launched two new outreach programs including archaeological excursions for children and an archaeological summer camp. We have also published a book about our outreach efforts.

Archaeologist & Tour Guide: 12/2004 – Present

Mahinatur Ltda. – Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile

As the only anthropologist on Mahinatur's staff, my job is not only guiding people, but teaching about Pacific (pre)history and the magnificent past and contemporary present of Easter Island. Most recently, I have presented lecture and field workshops for Mahinatur’s guides to better the quality of information given during tours. Worked in association with Acorn Travel, Abercrombie and Kent Tourism, and the Peaceboat.                                                             

Instructor, Lecturer, & Tour Guide: 7/2011 – Present

Explora Hotel: 2018 Rapa Nui Guide School – Uta, Rapa Nui, Chile

Along with many other experts in Rapa Nui (pre)history, I directed and presented a 10-day class and field course to the 2018 Explora Guide School. Our focus was mainly geoarchaeological, however, we discussed many topics of Rapa Nui anthropology. I have also been employed as a freelance guide since November 2018 providing field guiding and educational night lectures.

Adjunct Faculty:  8/2017 – 12/2017

Malcolm X College: School of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Replacing an instructor, I taught one Anthropology 202 – Cultural Anthropology class.

FOUND T.V. Show Host: 6/2015 – 9/2017

History Channel and Committee Films – New York, New York and Eden Prairie, Minnesota

I am a host on a new History Channel program called FOUND. It launched on History Channel 2 in October 2016 and History Channel throughout Central and South America in January 2017. Season one (10 episodes) was launched in the US in July 2017. FOUND bio, FOUND reel, What do you do if you find an artifact?, and Carved stone in South Dakota.

Archaeologist: 3/2017 – 4/2017

SEARCH Archaeology – Jacksonville, Florida

Working with SEARCH archaeology as a senior field technician, I conducted Phase I and Phase II CRM surveys including: remote survey, shovel test pits, excavation, and digital spatial database management.

Scientific Research Affiliate: 7/2016 – 7/2017

The Field Museum of Natural History – Chicago, Illinois

For one year, I worked with the Integrative Research Center and the Elemental Analysis Facility to geochemically analyze geological and archaeological samples from my Ph.D. research. This work included pXRF (portable X–ray fluorescence) and ICP–MS (inductively coupled plasma – mass spectrometry) analyses. 2018 press release from our research

Archaeological Outreach Facilitator: 7/2013 – 10/2015

University of Queensland: Archaeology Teaching and Research Centre’s Archaeology Experience – Brisbane, Australia

This program works with Queensland’s middle and high school students outreaching archaeological education and providing hands on field experience.

Guest Lecturer:  Second Semester 2015

University of Queensland: Social of Social Science – Brisbane, Australia

Provided one lecture and two online lectures for ARCA 1000 (Discovering Archaeology).

Museum Docent & Researcher: 5/2013 – 5/2014

University of Queensland Anthropology Museum – Brisbane, Australia

Working at the front–desk, my job responsibilities included introducing people to the museum and highlighting our collections. I also wrote “museum artifacts of the month” abstracts for the museum’s webpage.

Guest Lecturer:  Second Semester 2013

University of Queensland: Social of Social Science – Brisbane, Australia

Provided one lecture for ARCA 2025 (Archaeology of the Pacific Islands), ARCA 3040 (Environmental Archaeology), and ANTH 2270 (Migration, Culture and Identity) and marked class assessment.

Assistant Wrestling Coach: 6/2009 – 3/2013               

Neuqua Valley High School – Naperville, Illinois, U.S.A.                

Instructing and coaching high school students the sport of wrestling. My job included creating practice schedules, teaching technique, and interacting with athletes. I also web hosted our team web page. A farewell speech from our 2013 banquet.

Full–Time Faculty Instructor:  8/2010 – 8/2011

College of DuPage: Department of Anthropology – Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.A.

As a full–time instructor, I taught 13 classes including sections in Anthropology 1100 (Cultural Anthropology) and Anthropology 1130 (People and Cultures of the World – The Pacific). Class types included: 16–week, 12–week, an Internet class, an Adult fast track, and an Honors sections. I was nominated as full–time faculty member of the year for 2010–2011.

Adjunct Faculty:  8/2009 – 8/2010                

College of DuPage: Department of Anthropology – Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.A.

During my first year at COD, I taught 10 classes; including sections in Anthropology 1100 (Cultural Anthropology), Anthropology 1120 (Discovering Archaeology), and Anthropology 1130 (People and Cultures of the World – The Pacific). Class types included: 16–week, 12–week, 8–week, and 5–week classes.                                                             

Academic Tutor:  8/2009 – 8/2010

Joan Treland and Associates – Wheaton, Illinois, U.S.A.

Tutored home–schooled students in anthropology, advanced placement U.S. History, Spanish, and English Literature. I worked with students aged from 11–16.                 

ESL Instructor:  12/2008 – 1/2009

English Tutor Ltda. – Santiago, Chile                                                                                                   

Replacement instructor for eight business English classes.

ESL Instructor:  10/2008 – 1/2009

Learning  Tree International – Santiago, Chile                                                                                                                           

Taught one business English class.    

Translator: 10/2008 – 1/2009 

Cox Translation – Santiago, Chile

Translated documents from Spanish into English. 

Regenstein Pacific Collection Internship: 6/2008 – 9/2008

The Field Museum of Natural History – Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Updating and creating content for the Field Museum’s Pacific web page. This included working with the Museum’s 90,000 objects from the Pacific, creating webpage multi–media, and using programs such as Google Sites, Filemaker, KE Emu, and the entire Microsoft suite.

Guest Lecturer:  10/2007

University of Auckland: Department of Anthropology – Auckland, New Zealand

Lectured for Anthropology 307/704 (Pacific Archaeology)

Anthropology Tutor:  10/2006 – 10/2007

University of Auckland: Department of Anthropology – Auckland, New Zealand

Planning and running of tutorials, grading coursework, and providing support to undergraduates for Anthropology 101 (World Archaeology) and Anthropology 104 (People and Cultures of the Pacific).

Head ESL Instructor:  5/2004 – 12/2004

Lexus Nexus – Santiago, Chile

With economic assistance from the Chilean government, I created business English specific courses, evaluated each employee, and instructed English for this important legal publishing company.

ESL Instructor:  3/2003 – 12/2004

Manpower Ltda. – Santiago, Chile

Teaching English as a second language to all levels of learning. Taught classes included: One/Two–week intensive courses, Translation courses, 54–hour courses, 84–hour courses, Conversation Club, and Grammar Use.

Archaeological Artist: 11/2001 – 12/2001

University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Paid student research position for artistic drawing of archaeological remains from the Eriksdale Burial.

Archaeological fieldwork experience

Rapa Nui, Chile (2001); Lake Baikal, Russia (2002); Rapa Nui, Chile (2005); Lake Kohika, New Zealand (2006); Rapa Nui, Chile (2007); Cahokia, IL. USA (2011) Rapa Nui, Chile (2014–17); Tahiti Nui, Tahiti (2015); Jefferson National Park, VA. USA (2017)

Academic Positions and Memberships                

Australia Archaeological Society Member – Australia Archaeological Society – Canberra, Australia

Chicago Archaeological Society Member – Chicago Archaeological Society – Lemont, Illinois

Australian Anthropological Society Member – Australian National University – Canberra, Australia

University of Queensland Student Ambassador Member – University of Queensland – Brisbane, Australia

University of Queensland Student Anthropology Association Member – University of Queensland – Brisbane, Australia

CODAA Member – College of DuPage Adjuncts Association – Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Mesa Verde Association Member – Mesa Verde National Park – Mesa Verde, Colorado 

Manitoba Archaeological Society Member – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society Member – Cahokia Mounds State Park – Collinsville, Illinois 

Easter Island Foundation Member – Los Osos, CA., U.S.A.

American Institute of Archaeology Member – Boston, MA., U.S.A.

Society for American Archaeology Member – Washington D.C., U.S.A. 

Human Aesthetics for Valued Equality & Nondiscrimination Faculty Adviser – College of DuPage – Glen Ellyn, Illinois 

Latin America Studies Committee Member – College of DuPage – Glen Ellyn, Illinois 

Anthropology Graduate Research Council Graduate Member – University of Auckland – Auckland, New Zealand

Archaeological Society of Auckland Vice–President – University of Auckland – Auckland, New Zealand

Anthropology Curriculum Committee Student Member – University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Professional Training

Harvard’s Pacific Histories: People, Ocean, Land Conference (11/15/2012 – 11/17/2007) 16–Hours – Held at Harvard, Cambridge, MA. This workshop discussed a range of key issues in Pacific history and anthropology. Attended as a participant (Grant funded).

Cahokia Mounds North Palisade Summer Excavation (06/06/2011 – 06/10/2011) 40–Hours – Held at Cahokia Mounds, Edwardsville, IL. Excavation and documentation the northern portion of the grand plaza palisade. Worked in association with Central Mississippi Valley Archaeological Research Institute and Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (Attended as a volunteer).

Australian National University’s Contemporary Challenges in the Archaeology and Environmental History of the Asia–Pacific Region Workshop (10/05/2007 – 10/12/2007) 24–Hours – Held at Center of Archaeological Research, Canberra, Australia. This workshop discussed key issues in the palaeoarchaeology and Quaternary history of the Asia–Pacific region (Grant funded).

University of Auckland Summer Field School (02/07/2007 – 02/21/2007) 480–Hours – Held at Lake Kohika, New Zealand. Excavation and documentation of this important wet site. My research was about how GIS analysis helps to better understand how disasters and geomorphological processes affected the prehistoric Maori inhabitants of Kohika (Attended as a graduate student).

University of Auckland Summer Scholarship (12/01/2007–02/01/2007) 320–Hours – My work included a GIS based project which spatially allocated and analyzed the archaeological grey literature (contract/salvage archaeology) of Kohala, Hawai’i. Worked in association with the Hawaiian Archaeology Research Project. Attended as a research assistant (Scholarship funded).

University of Alberta Mortuary Field School (06/15/2002 – 08/01/2002) 240–Hours – Held on Lake Siberia Russia. This project focused on the intensive excavation of 30 late Neolithic/early Bronze Age burials and the instruction of funerary archaeology. Worked in association with the Baikal Archaeological Project (Attended as a student).

Professional Training

University of Hawai'i Archaeological Field School (07/01/2001 – 08/01/2001) 160–Hours – Held on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The formulation of archaeological field techniques including: recon, survey, GPS work, total station work and excavation. Worked in association with the Pacific Prehistory Project (Attended as a student).

Mercyhurst College Forensic Anthropology Short Course (05/07/2001 – 05/14/2001) 40–Hours – Emphasized the location   and interpretation of skeletal remains found in burial and forensic settings (Attended as a student).

Research Interests

Pacific anthropology (Pacific; East Polynesia; Easter Island), Geochemical sourcing, Monumental architecture, Public archaeology and outreach, Sociopolitical complexity, GIS - Visualscapes, Material culture, Political economy, Landscape archaeology, Anthropological and archaeological theory, Anthropology in Chicago, Field Museum.