Paths Across the Pacific Speakers and Titles - 2018

Themes of our shared humanity, shared ocean, and shared responsibility will continue with our interest in human abilities to navigate coasts and oceans over great distances.

This year’s speakers include:

Nancy Yaw Davis | PhD Anthropology, University of Washington | Paths Across the Pacific Conference founder | Academic scholar and skeptic, adept at challenging ideas to expand topics and discussions with a particular interest in Shared Oceans, Transoceanic Influences, and Language Links around the globe. | Author ‘The Zuni Enigma: A Native American People’s Possible Japanese Connection.
Paths X Topic: Highlights from Past Paths Across the Pacific Conferences

Curtis Ebbesmeyer | PhD Oceanography, University of Washington. Author of ‘Flotsametrics and the Floating World’ | Internationally recognized Beachcomber and publisher of website | Media worldwide have turned to his expertise on ocean currents and floating objects. 
Paths X Topic - Ocean Currents, Floating Objects, Gyres, and Garbage Patches, Plastic washing up in Alaska

Stephen C. Jett | PhD Geography John Hopkins University | Professor Emeritus of Geography and of textiles and clothing at the University of California, Davis.  | Editor Pre-Columbiana: A Journal of Long Distance Contacts. | Author of several books including ‘Ancient Ocean Crossings, Reconsidering the Case for Contacts with the pre-Columbian Americas.’
Paths X Topic - Ancient Ocean Crossings TBC

Donald P. Ryan | PhD Archaeologist and Egyptologist | Faculty Fellow, Division of Humanities, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington | Research Associate, Kon Tiki Museum | Fellow, Royal Geographical Society Explorers Club | Author of several books including ’24 Hours in Ancient Egypt – A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There’.  | History of Exploration and Early Seafaring, Diffusion Theory, Egyptian Archaeology, Valley of the Kings, Ancient Languages and Scripts, Archaeology of Polynesia including Thor Heyerdahl, Experimental Voyaging and Transoceanic Crossing.
Paths X Topic – Movie: Ra Expedition

Richard Thomas Callaghan | PhD Archaeology | Professor of Archaeology | Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary Canada | Development of Seafaring and Navigation | Neo-tropical Human Ecology | Archaeology and Ethnography of the Caribbean and Lowland South America | Computer Simulation Modelling for Oceanic Voyages | Has published on ancient voyaging in all of the worlds’ oceans.
Paths X Topic - Crossing Two Oceans: The chronology and pathways of the Malayo-Polynesian expansion

Susan Kieffer | PhD Planetary Sciences, MS Geological Sciences, California Institute of Technology | Professor Emeritus of Geology and Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Charles R Walgreen Jr Chair | Member of National Academy of Sciences | Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences | MacArthur Fellow | Awarded the Penrose Medal by the Geological Society of America in 2014 | Author of ‘The Dynamics of Disaster’.
Paths X Topic - Keynote Speaker Saturday Dinner Reception – The Dynamics of Disasters TBC

Rita Colwell | PhD Oceanography University of Washington | M.S Genetics Purdue, Biology | Professor, University of Maryland at College Park and at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | Distinguished Professor in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland (UMIACS) | Past Post-doctoral fellowship at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa | Past Director of the National Science Foundation | Founder of CosmosID, a bioinformatics company. | Author of hundreds of scientific reports and 19 books.
Paths X Topic - Climate change, oceans and infectious disease TBC

Duncan McLaren | PhD Archaeology | Assistant Professor Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria BC Canada | Hakai Institute | Northwest Coast culture area of North America | Particularly interested in the unique position of archaeology in the social sciences and humanities at providing a long-term perspective of history. | The Hakai Ancient Landscapes Archaeology Project, a concerted effort to find early period archaeological deposits, and the mandate includes recording and revisiting sites from all time periods. Archaeological site types and features that have been documented to date include: shell middens, pictographs, petroglyphs, lithic scatters, fish traps, canoe runs, clam gardens, water-logged deposits, culturally modified trees, house platforms, defensive locations, and rock shelters.
Paths X Topic - Searching for Evidence of late Pleistocene human occupation along the western margin of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet

Elroy White (Gitla) | is owner and operator of Central Coast Archaeology, an independent First Nation company based out of Bella Bella Village.  He descends from the house of Qaixaitasu from the ancient village of Nulu in Nulawitxv territory. He is an active member of their Heiltsuk potlatch system, which is integral to the existence of his people and their laws. His cultural historical knowledge enables him to understand the archaeological record on his terms. He prides himself as a liaison to diverse group of people, groups, organizations and departments. He is grateful for their interest in the recent and ancient past of his people.
Paths X Topic - Contributing with Duncan McLaren. Co-Author of ‘Searching for Evidence of late Pleistocene human occupation along the western margin of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet’

Mike Maloney | PhD Archaeologist | Post-doctoral Fellow, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, Canada | Collaborating on archaeological materials obtained from Mink Island, Alaska. The collection, comprising largely faunal material, represents a 6500 year period of occupation and exploitation of marine resources in the area. For this project specifically Mike will focus on building a working database of the more than 100,000 samples in order to facilitate a diachronic understanding of the biogeography of the area, and investigate the impact of climate change on marine fauna, particularly during the Neoglacial. | For his doctoral studies, Mike investigated the application of innovative computer-based spatial modelling to the examination of shipwrecks and shipboard societies. As an underwater archaeologist he has worked on submerged sites around the world, including Canada, the UK, Thailand, and Sweden.
Paths X Topic - History of Seafaring in the Northwest Passage and Implications of Arctic Oceanic Travel

Anne Pollnow | Archaeologist | Sea Level Consulting, Sitka Alaska | Specialty in Southeast Alaska History and Archaeology | Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Cultural Resources | Historic Preservation | Cultural Resource Management | Anthropological Studies and Historic Context Reporting | Fish Weirs and Clam Gardens | Linking Local Archaeological Finds and Tlingit Oral History prior to Russian contact.
Paths X Topic - to be confirmed: Fish Weirs

Ian Hudson | Eton College | University of Bristol | Collaborator with Gavin Menzies since publication of ‘1421: The Year China Discovered America’ | Research Team Leader and creator of ‘’ website | Co-Author of ‘Who Discovered America? The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas’.
Paths X Topic - Items (and maybe concepts and words) of possible Chinese origin found in American prehistoric contexts

Kathryn Klar | PhD University of California, Berkeley, Linguistics | Current projects include Continuing investigation of linguistic evidence for prehistoric contact between Polynesia and the Americas. | Native American languages and linguistics specializations | Deep linguistic relationships in the Americas | Celtic Specializations | Multiple publications including with Terry L. Jones on ‘Linguistic evidence for a prehistoric Polynesian – South California Contact’, and ‘Diffusianism Reconsidered: Linguistic and Archaeological Evidence for Prehistoric Polynesian Contact with Southern California’.

Paths X Topic: Linguistic Landscape of the Pacific Rim – what linguistics can and cannot tell us about prehistoric ocean migrations, and how to integrate linguistic data with other areas of investigation.

Come join the fun and discussions!