Thomas Royle

Emailtroyle@sfu.ca

B.Sc. (Hons.): Archaeology, Minor in Biology, Trent University, 2012

M.A.: Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, 2014

Supervisor:  Dr. Dongya Yang         

Research Areas: Archaeology of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, Archaeological Science, Ancient DNA, DNA Barcoding, Environmental Archaeology, Historical Ecology, Ichthyoarchaeology, Palaeoecology, Zooarchaeology.

 

Research Interest:

I am interested in exploring how the ancient DNA (aDNA) analysis of archaeological and paleontological fish remains can be used to test and inform archaeological interpretations. Specifically, my research uses the aDNA analyses of ancient fish remains to investigate the dynamics of the complex relationships between fish, people, and the environment over the longue durée. Currently, my research focuses on the ichthyoarchaeology of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. Although I am primarily interested in fish remains, I have also conducted aDNA analyses on remains from other taxa including beluga whales, caprids, cervids, dogs, and ground squirrels. 

Ph.D. Research:

Through the species identification of archaeological fish remains archaeologists can address a variety of questions concerning human-fish interactions, palaeoenvironments, and the past ecology of fish species. However, due to fragmentation and a lack of interspecific osteological variation, it is difficult to identify many fish remains to the species-level using conventional morphology-based approaches. My research seeks to facilitate the identification of difficult to identify fish remains through the development of a new DNA-based method for the species identification of archaeological fish remains. By applying this method to ichthyoarchaeological assemblages from the Pacific Northwest, my research will explore the dynamics of past fisheries in the region.

M.A. Thesis:

Ancient DNA Analysis of Middle and Late Period Archaeological Fish Remains from Kamloops, British Columbia (http://www.summit.sfu.ca/item/15669)

Conference Presentations: 

Thomas C.A. Royle. 2016. Investigating Variation in Late Holocene (3500 to 200 BP) Salmon Fisheries in the Fraser Basin through the Meta Analysis of Ancient DNA Analyses of Salmon Remains. Paper presented at the 2016 BC Archaeology Forum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Thomas C.A. Royle and Dongya Y. Yang. 2016. Ancient DNA Analysis of Fish Remains from Charlie Lake Cave (HbRf-39), British Columbia, Canada. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

Marie-Hélène Julien, Thomas C.A. Royle, Paul Szpak, James Savelle, and Dongya Y. Yang. Assessing the Impacts of Historic Whaling on Beluga Whales (Delphinapterus leucas) in the Canadian Arctic through Ancient DNA Analysis. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

Thomas C.A. Royle, George P. Nicholas, and Dongya Y. Yang. 2015. Ancient DNA Analysis of Late Period (3500 to 200 cal. years BP) Archaeological Fish remains from the Interior Plateau Region of British Columbia, Canada. Paper presented at the 2nd International Historical Ecology Meeting, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Thomas C.A. Royle, George P. Nicholas, and Dongya Y. Yang. 2015. Ancient DNA analysis of Late Period (3500 to 200 cal. years BP) Archaeological Fish remains from the Interior Plateau Region of British Columbia, Canada. Poster presented at the 18th International Council for Archaeozoology-Fish Remains Working Group Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal.

Thomas C.A. Royle, George P. Nicholas, and Dongya Y. Yang. 2015. Using Mini-Barcodes to Investigate the Species Composition of the Late Holocene (3,500 to 200 years BP) Fishery at EeRb-144, British Columbia, Canada. Poster presented at the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Winner of the Genome Prize for Socio-economic Applications, Graduate Student Poster Prize.

Thomas C.A. Royle, George P. Nicholas, and Dongya Y. Yang. 2015. Investigating Long-Term Patterns of Fish Use in the Interior Plateau of British Columbia through the Ancient DNA Analysis of Fishbone. Poster presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology in Austin, Texas, United States of America.

Thomas C.A. Royle, George P. Nicholas, Antonia T. Rodrigues, Kasia Zimmerman, and Dongya Y. Yang. 2013. Investigating the Use of Non-Local Salmon (Oncorhynchus sp.) at EeRb-77, British Columbia, through Ancient DNA Analysis. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Chacmool Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Thomas C.A. Royle, George P. Nicholas, Antonia T. Rodrigues, Kasia Zimmerman, and Dongya Y. Yang. 2013. Ancient DNA Investigations into the Use of Local and Non-Local Fish at EeRb-77, British Columbia. Paper present at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

Thomas C.A. Royle. American Machinations, the Toleration of Chinese Immigrants, and the Construction of the United Colony of British Columbia’s British Identity, 1866-1871. 2013.  Paper presented at the 2013 BC Studies Conference, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Thomas C.A. Royle. Classic Maya Perceptions and Symbolic Uses of Canals at Palenque, Mexico. 2011. Poster presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Published Abstracts:   

Thomas C.A. Royle, George P. Nicholas, and Dongya Y. Yang. 2015. Using Mini-Barcodes to Investigate the Species Composition of the Late Holocene (3500 to 200 years BP) Fishery at EeRb-144, British Columbia, Canada. Genome 58(5):273-274.