MA Candidate, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University
Kelly is a Master’s student researching ancient DNA in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. The main component of her research focuses on the technical advancement and application of minimally destructive ancient DNA extraction techniques for the purposes of rendering museum collections more accessible for testing and utilizing them for potential research. The case study for this research is being conducted on Oracle bones (animal bones) from Anyang, a Late Shang Dynasty site in North-Eastern China, on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum. Given these research aims, Kelly is interested in exploring the ethical issues surrounding DNA and genetic research, both issues that exist currently in this area of study as well as issues that may arise in the near future as a result of advancements in technology. Kelly is also very interested in exploring the ethical and cultural heritage issues that museums continue to face, which include issues of representation, collection management and access, stewardship, artifact acquisition and policy making.
Kelly has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from McMaster University in Ontario. She is currently studying under the supervision of Dr. Dongya Yang.