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.

Committed Speakers for Paths X as of April 19 2018

Richard Thomas Callaghan | Ph.D. 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

Curtis Ebbesmeyer | Ph.D. 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
| Ph.D. 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 – “Political Correctness” and Pre-Columbian American Influences on the Old World.

Carl L. Johannessen | Johannessen was born in Santa Ana, CA on July 28, 1924. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations in the tropics.  He left the navy in 1946 and went back to college.  He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Wildlife Conservation and Management in 1950 and an M.A. in Zoology in 1953.  He earned his Ph.D. in Geography in 1959 under the eminent geographers Carl O. Sauer and James Parsons.  After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Johannessen took a position at the University of Oregon.  Dr. Johannessen was a faculty member of the Department of Geography at University of Oregon, Eugene for 35 years during which time he served as the Department Chair and was awarded tenure.  His research discoveries followed the developmental sequence of: 1) Distributions of wild plants as modified by humans; 2) Modifications of plants by people who placed plants and animals in the process of domestication; 3) Utilization of crop plants, like maize, and household animals, like chickens, to demonstrate, by their historical distributions, where and when humans have traveled around the earth's surface; 4) Search for cultural traits associated with these modified plants and animals that are carried as cultural baggage; 5) Search for evidence of the early human origins in the New World; 6) Devotion to the reduction of discrimination against people who are different from the majority in any particular place in our world’s society.  As Prof. Herbert Mason used to say, “When your observations do not match your hypotheses, take heart; you are about to learn something new.”

Susan Kieffer
| B.S. in physics and mathematics from Allegheny College |M.S. in Geological Sciences and Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the California Institute of Technology.  | Her research has been in geological fluid dynamics, especially the study of high-speed catastrophic events such as meteorite impacts, volcanic eruptions, and river floods.  She combines field, laboratory and theoretical techniques to ferret out the underlying fluid dynamics in these catastrophic events.  In recognition of her work, Kieffer received a Sloan Fellowship, the Mineralogical Society of America Award, Caltech’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, and an Honorary Doctor of Science Award from Allegheny College.  She was only the second American and the first woman to be awarded the Spendiarov Award from the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.  From the Geological Society of America, she has received the Day Medal for the application of physics and chemistry to geology, and the Penrose Medal for contributions to pure geology.  She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She is a professor emeritus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently resides in the Northwest.
Paths X Topic - Keynote Speaker Saturday Dinner Reception – The Dynamics of Disasters

Duncan McLaren | Ph.D. 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

Anne Pollnow | Archaeologist | Ms. Pollnow is the owner of Sea Level Consulting, a cultural resource firm based in Sitka, Alaska since 2008. As an archaeologist and historian, she specializes in the identification, evaluation, and treatment of cultural resources as needed for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations including the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.  The firm specializes in Southeast Alaska history and archaeology and the unique laws and regulations relating to Alaska tribes.
Ms. Pollnow's work includes the archaeological investigations and research of cultural sites as early as 9000 years ago, documenting historic gold rush era mining districts, World War II historic survey, and anthropological investigations. Prior to her 19 years in Alaska, Ms. Pollnow lived and worked in Washington State studying and practicing archaeology in Washington and Oregon.  Ms. Pollnow's education and work experience have built a credible knowledge base and great appreciation for Pacific Northwest Coast Archaeology.
Paths X Topic – A Unique and Unexplained Ancient Fishing Site in Sheet’Ká Kwáan Territory of Southeast Alaska

Donald P. Ryan
| Ph.D. Archaeologist | Faculty Fellow, Division of Humanities, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington | Research Associate, Kon Tiki Museum, Oslo, Norway | Fellow, Royal Geographical Society | Fellow, The Explorers Club | Author of several books including “Beneath the Lands of Egypt”, and “Ancient Egypt: The Basics”.  | Areas of interest include: History of Exploration and Early Seafaring, Egyptian Archaeology, Archaeology of Polynesia, Experimental Archaeology.
Paths X Topic – Experimental Voyaging and Transoceanic Crossings.  Movie: Ra Expedition 

Damion Sailors
| Ph.D. student presently studying archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon| His dissertation topic is focused on ancient Pacific Island fishing techniques and his theoretical underpinning lies within the domain of evolutionary archaeology while his research methods range from remote sensing to sub-surface excavation. Damion’s work experiences prior to university are varied but notably, he served for many years as a boat captain where his duties spanned from hauling cargo under-sail in the South Pacific to guiding tours in Southeast Alaska. More recently, his employment has been with cultural resource management firms in both the Pacific Islands and the Pacific Northwest.
Paths X Topic – Mapping Island Moka: Assessing the Spatial Patterns of Customary Fishing Weirs in the Fiji Island Group

Gitla (Elroy White)
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 groups of people, 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”

Nancy Yaw Davis
| Ph.D. 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. | Author ‘The Zuni Enigma: A Native American People’s Possible Japanese Connection.
Paths X Topic:  Highlights from Past Paths Across the Pacific Conferences