Research Associates

Robyn Ewing

Independent Heritage Consultant, Researcher, and Writer.

Robyn is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University department of Archaeology. In 2011, she completed her MA, Finding Middle Ground: Case Studies in Negotiated Repatriation. Robyn enjoys field, laboratory, and museum based work. She has researched and written content for several websites including the award winning Journey into Time Immemorial.

Robyn has worked and volunteered at the MAE since 2004. As a Research Associate, her studies concentrate on the applications of portable X-Ray Florescence (XRF) within a museum context. Artifact analyses using XRF can assist in better understanding how artifacts were made, where they come from, and their conservation history. Robyn also assists in database and collections management, developing and revising collections procedures, and facilitating research requests.  

Jaclyn McLeod

In June 2015 Jaclyn graduated from SFU with a BA in archaeology and a certificate in Cultural Resource Management. Her research interests are broad and include museum studies, British Columbia heritage, zooarchaeology, and human evolution. She is currently looking into graduate studies and in the future hopes to find herself in a museum related career.

At SFU’s Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology she coordinated the installation of over 10 new exhibits for SFU’s 50th anniversary. She worked on the Wayang Kulit: Mastering the Shadows exhibit, which displays the Wayang Shadow puppets from Indonesia, and has recently finished an exhibit on chimpanzee tools from Senegal and Tanzania.

Kate Kelley

Kate has a BA from UBC in Near Eastern Studies, and a Masters and Doctorate in Assyriology from Oxford University. An archaeologist and cuneiform text specialist, Kate has worked on excavations in the Middle East, and 3D-imaged and catalogued objects for research projects in European and American museum collections. Returning to BC after ten years abroad, she is excited to be working with British Columbia's cultural heritage institutions. 

At MAE her work includes updating the museum's database of archaeological objects, editing and authoring content for the museum web pages, managing social media, and reviewing and updating the museum procedures and standard practices handbooks. She is currently conducting photogrammetry on objects in the collection with a work-study student, and is designing and constructing a space in the gallery for exhibit of a collection of hand drums from the Asmat culture of New Guinea. 

Jurian ter Horst

Jurian finished his MA in History in 2016 with a certificate in Communication and Information Studies. He worked as a Historical Researcher at an explosive ordnance disposal company in The Netherlands, and recently moved to Canada. Jurian's research interests vary from Ancient Rome to Nineteenth-century Europe and North America, and from Early Medieval times to 1980s popular culture, including topics related to Art, Heritage and Nationalism.

As a Research Associate, Jurian is currently creating an exhibit on the Ethiopian city of Aksum, focusing on how the ancient city's monuments have determined Aksum's status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Jackie La Mouri

Jackie completed her BA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University in 2017 and holds a BA from the University of Toronto in English Literature and Classical Civilisations. She is always excited about working in field, museum, and laboratory settings. Interests include learning about traditional knowledge, history, folklore, cultural heritage, and human evolution.

Since joining the team in 2016, Jackie has worked in several areas including archiving, artifact housing, and collections management. Jackie is currently researching Frederick Catherwood’s journey through Mesoamerica and designing an exhibit that compares the Maya world from Catherwood’s time (1840s) to today.

Elizabeth Doyle

Elizabeth, better known as Bess, first volunteered with the SFU Museum while an undergrad here at SFU, during which she helped conserve corroded iron artifacts from the Jamaican site of Sevilla la Nueva. She completed her doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Toronto in 2015, specializing in quantitative approaches to hunter-gatherer bioarchaeology, specifically in southern Africa's Later Stone Age. She has worked on trail-building and archaeological field crews, taught archaeology, human evolution, and forensic anthropology at SFU and UBC, and joined the Vancouver Police Museum as the Curator of Learning in January 2018, where she runs the education and volunteer programs whilst continuing to teach and write on the side. Bess is currently applying her data-nerd skills to managing the SFU Museum's Master Artifact Database, including wrangling the Museum's Lithic Rehousing Project data into a clean final form.