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Panoramic image of animal skeletons from University of Copenhagen Zoological Museum


Trent Environmental Archaeology Laboratory

Trent Environmental Archaeology Lab logoResearch Focus

The Trent Environmental Archaeology Lab (TEAL) uses chemical techniques (stable isotope analysis) to better understand how humans interacted with their environment in the past.

Current research areas are:

  • the long-term ecodynamics of marine environments in the North America Arctic (Canada, Alaska, and Greenland) and the Northeast Pacific (British Columbia and California)
  • better understanding how humans managed or herded domestic animals in the past, with a particular emphasis on the Andean region and Pacific coast of South America (Peru and Chile).
  • experimental studies to provide a basis with which to better interpret the archaeological record and gain greater insight into how what happened in the past
  • methodological studies aiming to improve our ability to measure the isotopic compositions of archaeological materials

Prospective graduate students please contact Dr Szpak to discuss potential ideas for projects, as he has a number of defined projects for students to work on in the research areas listed above. Possible graduate programs would be through the Department of Anthropology's MA program, or the Environmental & Life Science (EnLS) graduate program (MSc or PhD).

Lab Personnel

Paul Szpak standing in front of a whiteboardDr Paul Szpak

Paul is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Trent University. He is a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Archaeology.

Office: LHS-DNA C227 
Telephone: 705 748-1011 ext. 6373
Email: paulszpak@trentu.ca







Trent Environmental Archaeology Lab
Science Complex - SC 145
705 748-1011 x7419