Camilla Speller Awarded Governor General's Gold Medal

June 16, 2010

PhD graduate Camilla Speller accepted the Governor General's Gold Medal, SFU's highest graduate student honour, at the convocation ceremonies held on June 16, 2010.  Camilla's PhD research applied both traditional osteological techniques and ancient DNA analysis to investigate the use of wild and deomestic turkey stocks by the Ancestral Puebloans in the Southwest United States.  This combination of innovative DNA-based analysis with conventional approaches provide unprecedented accuracy and precision for the identification of ancient remains, changing the way archaeological investigations are conducted.

During her studies, Camilla was awarded a prestigious doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and a dissertation field work grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.  Camilla was also an author on twelve peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters and participated in over fifteen conference papers at international and national academic conferences.  She was recently interviewed by the CBC Radio One program Quirks & Quarks and cited in news reports by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Discovery News, and the Vancouver Sun.

Most recently, Camilla was awarded a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship for two years to conduct research at the University of Calgary.

Congratulations, Camilla.

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