As a Collections Assistant in the Department of Anthropology, I work with Collections Management staff in caring for a large and diverse collection, numbering over 1.5 million anthropological objects. I maintain collections inventories using the KE EMu database system, create specialized housings for museum objects, and occasionally assist visiting researchers who come from around the world to study the impressive collections of the Field Museum.
I have had the opportunity to work primarily with the Museum’s archaeological collections, which represent the fascinating past of our ancestors. From the early stone tools of Eastern Africa to the material culture of the state-level societies of the Near East and the Americas, the archaeological collections at the Field Museum are a unique and important resource in understanding our history as humans.
M.A., Museum Studies - Emphasis in Collections Management and Registration, San Francisco State University
B.A., Anthropology - Emphasis in Prehistoric Archaeology, California State University, Chico
As an archaeologist, I have worked on archaeological mitigation projects with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and cultural resource management firms in California and the Great Basin. My work involved identifying archaeological sites and processing site reports to ensure the preservation of more than 1,000 sites over the course of several years.
I began working in museums in 2003 and attended a graduate program in Museum Studies at San Francisco State University. My thesis research focused on federally-associated archaeological collections housed in non-federal repositories such as museums and universities, and explored the challenges and successes these institutions have had in complying with federal legislation that addresses these collections.