As a permit holding archaeologist for coastal BC, Nicole regularly works with various levels of government to manage cultural heritage including conducting archaeological overview and impact assessments, mitigation projects, site monitoring and data recovery from sites threatened by coastal erosion and sea level rise. She recently co-produced a guide for municipalities considering the effects of sea level rise on cultural heritage with ICLEI Canada As a clam garden specialist, Nicole works with Indigenous communities to survey intertidal areas for traditional management features such as clam gardens, fish traps, root gardens, and more, as well as assisting with projects aimed at restoring traditional management practices.
Nicole’s research interests include traditional intertidal resource management practices (esp. clam gardens, fish traps, root gardens, etc), identifying late Pleistocene and early Holocene shorelines and archaeological sites, stone tool analysis, and impacts of climate change and sea level rise on cultural heritage. She has current and recent research collaborators within many coastal First Nations communities, Hakai Institute, Parks Canada, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, Western Washington University, Royal Roads University, CONICET Argentina.
Nicole holds a masters and undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Victoria, and a CELTA certificate for teaching English as a foreign language from Cambridge University. She has taught undergraduate courses and archaeological field schools at the University of Victoria, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and Camosun College. She is a passionate advocate for building cultural heritage management capacity in Indigenous communities and runs archaeological training programs for Indigenous youth and community members. Nicole is also the founder of Archaeology in Schools, a program dedicated to archaeological education in schools grades K-12.
Nicole has a passion for educating the public about archaeology and loves to partner with museums, filmmakers, journalists, podcasters, and the media to help share archaeological stories in good and culturally appropriate ways.
Nicole founded Archaeology in Schools as a way of promoting local archaeological content in schools. She offers a series of presentations both in-person and over zoom to classes grades K-12. She works with colleagues to develop resources for teachers such as the Huyat Teacher’s Guide . To sign up for Nicoles semi-regular archaeology newsletter for teachers
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