Alwynne B. Beaudoin - E-SCAPE - Who's Who on the E-SCAPE crew
Edmonton-based team
Many people have been involved in E-SCAPE research since 2000. Thanks to their many talents and enthusiasm, the analysis is proceeding apace, and some parts of the project have already generated reports and publications.

Quinn Benders
Beginning in 2003, Quinn worked on a dissertation through the Anthropology Department, University of Alberta, that focussed on Agate Basin sites and materials in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He collated information on the distribution and characteristics of Agate Basin sites. He completed this project in 2010.

Vandy Bowyer
Vandy worked on the palaeoenvironmental database in its initial stages. She got the files organized, set up the fields in the database, and did lots of library searching to find new sites and references. Vandy reviewed all the pollen records we had on file, and established the "most popular types" - the pollen taxa that are most common in most records and that form the basis for subsequent analyses.

Lindsay Elliott
Between late 2003 to mid-2004, Lindsay worked on the macroremains recovered from bulk sediment samples from the excavation units at the Stampede Site (DjOn-26). She identified, counted, and documented the seeds and molluscs in the samples.

Jason Gillespie
Jason helped with the coring trips to Elkwater and Candle Lake in winter 2002 and with fieldwork in summer 2003 and summer 2004. Jason also participated in the winter coring expedition to Wakaw and Rhona Lakes in 2004. Now he is busy with his own research, focussed on the landscapes and human history of central Saskatchewan. Jason is in the graduate program at the Anthropology Department, University of Alberta. He has also collated and analysed primary and proxy climate data as part of a project to examine the impact of the Little Ice age on that region.

David Keller
David is responsible for most of the description and subsampling of the cores recovered before 2003. He undertook much of the laboratory work associated with preparing sediment and surface samples for analysis. He has also processed the pollen reference samples and the seed reference samples. David worked on counting pollen samples from various Elkwater cores, the Below Forks site, the Robinson site, and transects of surface samples. David participated in the winter coring expedition to Wakaw and Rhona Lakes in 2004. He also helped with fieldwork in the summers of 2001 and 2002. David maintains a keen interest in the SCAPE project but has now moved on to other work activities.

Tim Panas
Tim took on the palaeoenvironmental database and has worked with it between 2001 and 2004. He collated as much raw pollen data as we could find, re-computed the records to a common sum, and generated pollen diagrams. He also tracked down locations for the sites, produced maps showing site distributions, and vegetation types for the six time slices. Using GIS, he has produced more analytical based maps, looking for ways to analyse the data to extract salient details of the vegetation history. Tim also provided field assistance in summer 2001. Tim is now focussing his attention on his own research in other areas of archaeology.

Tish Prouse
In fall 2004, Tish began counting pollen assemblages in surface pollen samples collected in 2002 and 2003 from central Saskatchewan and the Cypress Hills. He finished up this work in January 2005, completing counts on 41 samples.

Jen Petrik
Jen worked on sorting out the many images connected with the project. These images are derived from fieldwork and on-going laboratory work. She is mainly responsible for designing and setting up the EPIC database. Throughout much of 2003 and into mid-2004, she entered data into this system and rationalized the image storage and retrieval system.

Brendan Seale
During the summer of 2006, Brendan took on the identification of the remaining prepared macrofossil samples from the Stampede Site (DjOn-26). He completed the analysis of these samples, compiled and verified the data, and created diagrams showing distribution of macroremains by units.

Robin Woywitka
Robin is interested in the "nitty-gritty" of geospatial data. He explored the problems inherent in getting archaeological site data groomed for GIS, using the Cypress Hills area as a test case. Having successfully completed his dissertation on this work, he went gone on for further GIS training and now works in the cultural resouce management field. Robin also helped with the coring at Elkwater Lake in 2002.

Fieldwork participants
Besides the people listed above, many other people have helped at various times, especially with fieldwork. Their help is much appreciated. This group includes:

Summer fieldwork in Alberta (2000)
Janet Blakey, Judy Klassen, Kim Long, and Evelyn Siegfried
Summer fieldwork in Alberta (2001)
Judy Klassen
Winter coring at Elkwater Lake, Alberta (2002)
Janet Blakey, Bob Dawe, and Dr Gerry Oetelaar
Winter coring at Candle Lake, Saskatchewan (2002)
Wade Dargin, Bob Dawe, Steve Kassten, Dr David Meyer, and Patrick Young
Summer fieldwork in Alberta (2002)
Liz Robertson, Laura Roskowski, and Jason Veness
Summer fieldwork in Saskatchewan (2002)
Nikki Athnos, Dr Karen Havholm, David Harkness, Steve McMillan, Laura Roskowski, and Dr Garry Running
Winter coring at Wakaw Lake and Rhona Lake, Saskatchewan (2004)
Jenna Johnston, Steve Kassten, Dr David Meyer, and Patrick Young

Partners and colleagues from near and far
We have called on the skills and expertise of colleagues from far and wide and from many other disciplinary areas to help with parts of the E-SCAPE work.

Dr Alec Aitken
Geography Department, University of Saskatchewan
Alec visited the Below Forks site in summer 2001 and sampled the same section for molluscs as we sampled for pollen with the intention of comparing the two datasets. Similarly, he visited Calgary in February 2003 and sampled two of the Elkwater landslide cores for molluscs.

Dr John Dormaar
Lethbridge, Alberta
John visited the Cypress Hill in July 2002. He confirmed the location of the Robinson Site, and discussed the sediments and stratigraphy at the site.

Rudy Fecteau
R. D. Fecteau and Associates, Etobicoke
Rudy has identified 13 wood specimens recovered from the fine-fraction analysis of samples from the Stampede Site.

Wendy Johnson
Johnson Cartographics Inc., Edmonton
Wendy has produced some fine maps and diagrams for E-SCAPE publications, conference presentations, and reports.

Dr J. M. Maillol
Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Calgary
Jean-Michel carried out a GPR survey along linear transects associated with the areas of coring activity at Elkwater Lake in winter 2002. It was hoped to recover data about bathymetry and the sediments on the lake floor. He was assisted by Frederic Walter.

Dr R. J. Mott
Emeritus, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa
Bob provided a taxonomic identification of the in-place tree stump at Flintstone Hill.

Stephen Porter
Balgonie, Saskatchewan
Steve provided identifications of ostracode specimens from the fine-fraction analysis of some samples from the Stampede Site.

Dr Sandra Rosenberg
Langara College, British Columbia
Sandra has looked at some samples from Elkwater Lake and Candle Lake cores, to investigate their potential for chironomid analysis. Following some preliminary exploratory work, she examined additional samples from the Candle Lake core. The record from the chironomids will provide useful comparative information for the pollen record. Sandra has also worked with samples from the St Laurent Ferry Fen core, the Wakaw Lake core, and the Rhona Lake core.

Dr Derald Smith and Dr Darren Sjogren
Geography Department, University of Calgary
Derald and Darren brought the vibracorer out to Elkwater Lake in winter 2002 and took several cores from the north basin

Alice Telka
Paleotec Services, Ottawa
Alice subsampled cores from Killarney and Elkwater that were stored in Ottawa and then processed the subsequent samples to extract pollen. She has also looked at insect remains found in the fine-fraction of some samples from the Stampede Site.

Dr W. J. Vreeken
Kingston, Ontario
Willem spent several days in the field with us in summer 2003 to pass on his experience with the soil-landscapes and geomorphology of the Cypress Hills. His knowledge of the area is impressive and his good humour and enthusiasm were inspiring. We spent the days looking at sites, discussing sediments and sections, envisioning processes and landscape change, and learning lots!

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