Qualifications

Confirmed End-Term Doctoral Candidate - Projected graduation: 6/2017
University of Queensland – Brisbane, Australia

Master’s Degree of Arts (First Class Honours): 12/2008
University of Auckland – Auckland, New Zealand (U.S.A. Certified) 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
University of Auckland – Auckland, New Zealand (U.S.A. Certified) Major: Archaeology/ G.P.A. 4.0/4.0

Bachelor’s of Arts (Advanced): 5/2002
University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (U.S.A. Certified) 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 Certificates 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

Experience

Scientific Research Affiliate: 7/2016 – Present
The Field Museum of Natural – Chicago, Illinois
Currently, I am working 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.

FOUND T.V. Show Host: 6/2015 – Present
Committee Films – Eden Prairie, Minnesota
I am a host on a new History Channel program about world artifacts which includes material cultural research and analyses. It launched on History Channel 2 (H2 in Canada) in October 2016 and History Channel throughout Central and South America in January 2017 (Season 1 – 10 episodes).

Adjunct Faculty: 8/2011 – Present
College of DuPage: Department of Anthropology – Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.A.
Since Fall semester 2011, I have taught 34 classes 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 include: 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 (profile here).

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. In 2017, we launched two new outreach programs including archaeological excursions for children (here) and an archaeological summer camp (here)
 

Archaeologist & Anthropological 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 prehistory and the magnificent past and contemporary present of Easter Island. Most recently, I have also presented workshops for Mahinatur’s guides to better the quality of our tours. Worked in association with Acorn Travel, Abercrombie and Kent Tourism, and the Peaceboat.
 

Archaeological Outreach Facilitator: 7/2013 – 10/2015
University of Queensland: Archaeology Teaching and Research Centre (ATARC) – Brisbane, Australia
This program works with Queensland’s high school students outreaching archaeological education. It is held at the university’s new Archaeology Teaching and Research Centre (presentation here).

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.
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 (presentation here)

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, 5 week, and an Internet class.

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 new Pacific web page (see: www.pacificanthropology.org). 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.

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.