Associated Scholars

 

Dmitry Arzyutov

Dmitry Arzyutov

dmitry.arzyutov@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Arzyutov will be studying reindeer and dog-rearing cultures on the Yamal peninsula with special attention to the way that local Nenetses view each species as creating special 'societies'.  Dr. Arzyutov is also employed on an ESRC funded project on the history of Etnos theory.

Loïc Harrault

Loic Harrault

loic.harrault@abdn.ac.uk

Loïc Harrault joined the HUMANOR project as a postdoc in May 2015 in the Aberdeen team with Dr. Karen Milek, Pr. Lorna Dawson (James Hutton Institute) and Pr. David Anderson. He is a geoarcheologist specialised in organic geochemistry. He uses chemical and molecular tools like lipid biomarkers to identify the presence of reindeers and other animals in archeological sites from Siberia and Sweden to better understand the evolution of human-animal relationships over time in these areas.

Ilse Kamerling

ilse.kamerling@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Ilse Kamerling Ilse’s research interests comprise the reconstruction of small scale human impact in boreal forest environments using a combination of pollen, coprophilous fungal spores and microscopic charcoal. During her PhD work here in Aberdeen she applied these techniques in northern Sweden at historical Sámi reindeer herding areas and within the vicinity of past Nordic farming settlements. At present Ilse is involved in the Arctic Domus project, a multi-disciplinary research project that looks at animal domestication and its development throughout the Russian Federation, Fennoscandia, Canada, and Alaska. Her field sites are located in the Saian Mountains, southern Siberia, where she is looking to determine what plant taxa are indicative of reindeer herding in this environment compared to those already identified in northern Sweden. This will then be used to create palaeo-ecological reconstructions of past reindeer herding activity at recently abandoned and historic reindeer herding sites, to supplement the limited or contradicting information available from oral histories.

Karen Milek

 Karen Milek

k.milek@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Karen Milek, Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Geosciences, will be applying geoarchaeological techniques to contemporary and historical reindeer herding camps in Siberia in order to determine if signatures of reindeer penning and other management practices may be preserved in the archaeological record.

Laura Siragusa

Laura Siragusa

laura.siragusa@abdn.ac.uk

Dr. Laura Siragusa will be examining human-animal relationships through communicative interaction among Veps and Sámi, two Finno-Ugric groups in north-western Russia. She will problematize the nature of communicative activities and observe how Vepsian and Sámi villagers talk about the animals, how they talk toengage with and negotiate with the animals and the spirits. Shifting the focus to the linguistic interaction between humans and animals will also allow Dr. Siragusa to add knowledge to concerns about the creation or building of the environment.

 Alex Oehler

Alex Oehler

alex.oehler@unbc.ca

Dr. Alex Oehler was a PhD student (completed 2017) in the Department of Anthropology and holder of a research fellowship from 'The North' Programme at the same university. His work with the Arctic Domus project involves the study of the varied cosmologies of settlers and indigenous people in their relationship with the environment within Siberia. He now holds a position at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Ivar Bjørklund

 

archeo@istu.irk.ru

Ivar Bjørklund

Evgenii Ineshin

 

archeo@istu.irk.ru

Marianne Lien

 

m.e.lien@sai.uio.no

Marianne Lien

 

 Knut Røed

KnutH.Roed@nvh.no

Knut Røed is a professor in genetics at the Department of Basic Sciences and Aquatic Medicine at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His interests are within animal genetics and evolutionary biology using both modern genome based analyses and traditional quantitative genetic approaches. Central research areas are: use of genetic tools to study the process of reindeer domestication and to identify drivers responsible for the genetic structure of wild and domestic reindeer herds.

Anna-Kaisa Salmi

 

annakaisa.k.salmi@gmail.com

Anna-Kaisa Salmi will create osteological methods for identification of reindeer domestication from archaeological animal bone finds. Her research focuses especially on reindeer domestication and human-reindeer relationships among the Sámi.

Gro Ween

 

g.b.ween@khm.uio.no

Gro Ween